Makatea


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Makatea

(mäkätā`ä), formerly

Aurora

(ôrôr`ə), island, South Pacific, one of the most northwesterly of the Tuamotu ArchipelagoTuamotu Archipelago
or Low Archipelago,
coral island group (2002 pop. 14,876), South Pacific, part of French Polynesia. They comprise c.80 atolls in a 1,300-mi (2,092-km) chain, with a total land area of c.330 sq mi (850 sq km).
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, French PolynesiaFrench Polynesia,
officially Overseas Lands of French Polynesia, internally self-governing dependency (2002 pop. 245,516) of France, consisting of 118 islands in the South Pacific. The capital is Papeete, on Tahiti.
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. The center of the island was once a solid mass of phosphate that was mined jointly by the British and the French until 1966, when the phosphate reserves were depleted. Makatea is administered as part of the Windward group of the Society IslandsSociety Islands,
island group (2002 pop. 214,445), South Pacific, a part of French Polynesia. The group comprises the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands (total land area c.650 sq mi/1,680 sq km), two clusters of volcanic and coral islands lying in a 450-mi (724-km) chain.
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 and is no longer inhabited.
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Tom Williams arrived safely in Tobago last week after nearly three weeks alone at sea crossing the ocean in his nine-metre boat - the Makatea.
It is one of three great phosphate rock islands in the Pacific Ocean--the others are Banaba (Ocean Island) in Kiribati and Makatea in French Polynesia.
Recent observations of fishing, the ethnohistoric literature, the archaeological fishing tool kit, marine environments adjacent to the site, and the fish bone assemblage were considered to understand fishing strategies on the makatea island of Rurutu, Austral Islands, French Polynesia.
Keywords: prehistoric fishing, Polynesia, Austral Islands, makatea, Archaic period
Island type (including high volcanic, continental, makatea and atoll) as well as uplift and subsidence histories dictate local topographic conditions and the development and location of reefs.
In this paper a holistic approach is used for inferring prehistoric fishing strategies on the makatea island of Rurutu, Austral Islands.
A partial makatea island 7 km long (north-south) and 1.
Of the mollusks, Turbo (pupu) is by far the most common which is true of all makatea islands (e.
As a makatea island, Rurutu is similar in many respects to Niue Island (Walter and Anderson 2002), Ma'uke and Mangaia in the southern Cooks (Kirch et al.
In reference to the other types of Polynesian islands (oceanic, continental and atolls), the makatea islands are rare.
On the makatea island of Ma'uke (Cook Islands) parrotfish are relatively insignificant compared to groupers (Serranidae), the most prevalent taxon.
Table 4 presents the rank-order abundance of the top six fish families from Archaic period assemblages from five makatea islands.