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Age of 1st chief's ancient tomb reveals Pacific islanders invented new kind of society

(Southern Methodist University) A new study from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, used uranium series dating and X-ray fluorescence to date and source an ancient coral reef capital in the Pacific Ocean and determine it was the earliest of the islands ruled by a single chief. The discovery will yield new keys to how societies emerge and evolve, and how they transform from simple societies to more complex ones, said study leader and SMU archaeologist Mark McCoy.
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