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Leverhulme Lecture

Matthew Spriggs, (The Australian National University) - Second Leverhulme Lecture 2017- Different but similar? Neolithic colonisation processes on islands and continents compared
When May 31, 2017
from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street
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Attendees All welcome. A wine reception will take place after this event.
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As discussed elsewhere (Spriggs 2008) the ‘islands as laboratories’ trope can be overblown, and factors beyond size, circumscription and vulnerability have to be taken into consideration. Indeed none of these are concerns uniquely limited to islands. In this paper I stress too that colonisation on its own may be too limited a concern. We need to examine longer archaeological sequences for a truly comparative archaeology, where what happens after initial colonisation is also key to understanding. I compare aspects of the Lapita colonisation and its aftermath in the Southwest Pacific islands, the Linearbandkeramik and Cardial Ware cultures of Continental Europe and the Mediterranean coastline, and the Neolithic spread across Mainland Southeast Asia to show that islands are not always what they are cracked up to be.

M. Spriggs 2008 ‘Are islands islands?’ in G. Clark, F. Leach & S. O’Connor (eds) Islands of Enquiry, pp. 211-226. ANU E Press.

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