Polynesian archaeology is undergoing a renaissance with spirited debates on a number of fundamental issues such as dating human colonization of islands and archipelagos, determining the causes of landscape change (whether human-induced, climate affected, or some manner of both), defining the temporal and geographical limits of long-distance interaction spheres, the causes and consequences of sociopolitical change, and the nature of Ancestral Polynesian Culture. None of these topics engender a discipline-wide consensus, least of which is the date for the colonization of any Polynesian archipelago.
Weisler, Marshall I. and Green, Roger C.
"THE MANY SIDES OF POLYNESIAN ARCHAEOLOGY IN REFERENCE TO THE COLONIZATION PROCESS IN SOUTHEAST POLYNESIA,"
Rapa Nui Journal: Journal of the Easter Island Foundation: Vol. 22
, Article 2.
Available at: https://kahualike.manoa.hawaii.edu/rnj/vol22/iss2/2