Project 04B: ARC Discovery 2004-2006


The archaeology of northern New Guinea, a cultural corridor between Asia, Island Melanesia and the Pacific.

Researchers: Dr GR Summerhayes, Prof G Hope, Dr SL O'Connor, Dr A Fairbairn.

Summary: The project seeks to define the chronology, and clarify the dynamics of prehistoric human colonisation, settlement, subsistence and exchange in northern New Guinea. Integrated archaeological and palaeoenvironmental sequences will show settlement, environmental change and development of agriculture across 40,000 years. The significance is in understanding a key area in the settlement of greater Australia and the Pacific.


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