May 16, 2016
from 01:15 PM to 02:00 PM
|Where||McDonald Institute Seminar Room|
|Contact Name||Emma Jarman|
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The talk introduces a recently commenced five-year research project on the history of Pacific archaeology, the Collective Biography of Archaeology in the Pacific (CBAP) Project. It discusses why such a project is needed at this stage in the development of the discipline, the background to it, its aims and some discussion of its early findings. Knowledge of the history of archaeology is important not least for its potential contribution to theory building at a time when a lot of Pacific archaeology seems mired in old thinking that is a re-run of the migration versus diffusion versus evolution arguments of the early twentieth century. Some discussion of the overall anticipated outcomes, including a simultaneous exhibition at 50 museums around the world, concludes the talk.
Prof. Matthew Spriggs is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow at the Australian National University. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Uppsala, Sweden and the Honorary Curator of Archaeology at the Vanuatu National Museum.