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New Frontiers of Pacific Research - Archaeology

New Frontiers of Pacific Research - Archaeology

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  • Tue 12 Nov ’13, 6:00pm – 8:00pm


Te Papa, 55 Cable St, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Archaeology has played a significant role in developing new understandings of Pacific cultures and their histories. Come and listen as three expert archaeologists share their experiences working in New Zealand and the Pacific, highlighting key discoveries in the region and opportunities for new research.

Presented by the Friends of Te Papa in association with the Journal of the Polynesian Society.

Atholl Anderson: On the margins of Austronesia
Atholl Anderson is Emeritus Professor at Australian National University, where he directs a programme of research on initial colonisation in the Indo-Pacific region. His books include Prodigious Birds: Moas and moa hunting in prehistoric New Zealand (1989) and The Welcome of Strangers (1996).
Janet Davidson: Studying the people of the past

Dr Janet Davidson was senior curator of the Pacific collections at Te Papa until her retirement in 2002. She has carried out archaeological fieldwork in New Zealand and the tropical Pacific, including Sāmoa, Tonga, and the Society Islands. Her publications include The Prehistory of New Zealand (1984).
Geoff Irwin: The lake village of Kohika

Professor Geoff Irwin (University of Auckland) has carried out fieldwork in New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Indonesia. In New Zealand he has studied the emergence of northern Māori landscapes dominated by pā, and wetland archaeology. His research on the Kohika lake village in the Bay of Plenty is the subject of a 2004 book.

The Polynesian Society:
The Polynesian Society was founded in Wellington in January 1892. In 1965, the first issue of the quarterly Journal of the Polynesian Society was published. Today, the journal is regarded as the world’s richest repository of Oceanian lore.

Free to attend - registration required. To register email friends@tepapa.govt.nz or phone the Friends of Te Papa office (04) 381 7051.

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