Re-interpreting Old Dates: Radiocarbon Determinations from the Tokelau Islands (South Pacific)


  • Fiona Petchey Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory, University of Waikato
  • David J. Addison Samoan Studies Institute, American Samoa Community College
  • Andrew McAlister Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland, Auckland


Radiocarbon, Tokelau, settlement


A re-evaluation of available archaeological radiocarbon dates from the Tokelau Islands in West Polynesia demonstrates that careful assessment is essential when developing chronologies from previously published radiocarbon data. The new calibration results point to concurrent and continual human occupation of Fakaofo and Atafu from at least 750-550 years ago up until European contact in AD 1765.


How to Cite

Petchey, F., Addison, D. J. and McAlister, A. (2010) β€œRe-interpreting Old Dates: Radiocarbon Determinations from the Tokelau Islands (South Pacific)”, Journal of Pacific Archaeology, 1(2), pp. 161–167. Available at: (Accessed: 22 February 2024).



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