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Adventures In New Guinea

Adventures In New Guinea

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  • Thu 11 Oct ’18, 6:00pm


Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin


All Ages

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  • Gold Coin Donation: $0.00


Otago Museum

The Friends of the Otago Museum are proud to sponsor the inaugural H D Skinner Memorial Lecture as part of the Museum’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

Unraveling the archaeology of the western Pacific The University of Otago is conducting exciting new research into the archaeology of the western Pacific. This area has seen two great migrations: the first footsteps of modern humans into New Guinea some 50 000 years ago, and the much later colonisation of the western Pacific by the Austronesian-speaking peoples we call Lapita.

These Austronesians are part of the greatest seafaring migration ever known, moving into the Pacific where they become the ancestors of the Polynesians and Māori.

This lecture, by Professor Glenn Summerhayes of the University of Otago’s Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, will explore New Guinea’s role in these two great migrations.

Attention will also be paid to the social dimensions of Lapita pottery – which includes highly decorated wares – exploring their production, distribution and use, and, following in H D Skinner's footsteps, how a similar approach can be used on Otago Museum’s Pacific collections.

About Professor Glenn Summerhayes Professor Summerhayes is a leading expert in Pacific archaeology, with particular focus on the prehistory of Papua New Guinea. He has more than 35 years’ research experience working in Papua New Guinea, focusing on all aspects of its archaeology from first colonisation, Holocene adaptation, the Lapita phenomenon and the development of societies seen at contact.

He is affiliated with both the University of Papua New Guinea and the National Museum and Art Gallery of Papua New Guinea. In 2014, he was awarded a New Year Honour by Queen Elizabeth II of PNG, becoming an Officer of the Order of Logohu (OL) for his contribution to archaeology in Papua New Guinea.

About H D Skinner H D Skinner was the director of Otago Museum from 1937 to 1953, and was influential in building the substantial collections that the Museum still benefits from today. He is also recognised for his extensive contributions to the development of anthropology and archaeology in New Zealand, particularly his work in the Chatham Islands and on researching Māori and Polynesian material culture.

The Friends wish both to acknowledge H D Skinner’s contribution to scholarship and to highlight the ongoing research and knowledge gained from the Otago Museum’s important anthropological collections that allow us to connect with, and understand, the diversity and uniqueness of this planet’s cultures.

Please join us for nibbles after the lecture.

Gold coin donation to support the work of the Friends of the Otago Museum appreciated.

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