Lecture by Prof. Glenn R. Summerhayes: "Austronesian expansions and the role of mainland New Guinea: A new perspective"

  • Date: Dec 14, 2018
  • Time: 12:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Prof. Glenn R. Summerhayes
  • Anthropology & Archaeology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Location: MPI SHH Jena
  • Room: Villa V03
  • Host: Department of Archaeology
  • Contact: roberts@shh.mpg.de
Organized by Patrick Roberts.

New and exciting archaeological discoveries of pottery on mainland New Guinea dating to 3000 years ago have drawn attention to the role of Austronesian expansions (originally thought to have leapfrogged mainland New Guinea) and the introduction of agriculture into this region. This paper will review the latest evidence from recent excavations and will provide an assessment of the Neolithic of New Guinea and its role in the facilitating movement of peoples from Asia to out into the Pacific.

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