Early Archaeology of the Pacific


Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 6:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St

a lecture by Matthew Spriggs, Laureate Fellow and Professor of Archaeology, Australian National University, Australia

The earliest European explorations in the Pacific region sparked speculation about the origins of Pacific Islanders. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, several archaeological studies were made in Polynesia, Micronesia, Island Melanesia, Australia, and New Guinea. Matthew Spriggs will discuss the findings of a five-year project to understand the early history of Pacific archaeology and its contributions to our understanding of human settlement in the region.

See the related small exhibit, Uncovering Pacific Pasts.

Presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

This event will be live-streamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) Facebook page. A recording of this program will be available on the HMSC Lecture Videos page approximately three weeks after the lecture.