A huge treasure trove of artefacts including thousands of fragments of pottery provides the first evidence that the sea-faring Lapita people settled in mainland Papua New Guinea.
The discovery, by a group of archaeologists from Australia and Papua New Guinea led by Dr Bruno David and Professor Ian McNiven from Monash University, may also give clues about the origin of Torres Strait Islanders.
The groups’ findings are to be presented this weekend at the Australian Archaeological Association Conference in Toowoomba.
The Lapita culture developed on islands off the east coast of Papua New Guinea around 3500 years ago. Approximately three hundred years later the Lapita people started heading east to become the first humans to settle the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji, moving later to Samoa and Tonga. Read more.
INDIANA Jones-types from around the country whip-cracked their way to Toowoomba today for the 2011 Australian Archaeology Association National Conference.
More than 350 of Australia’s most respected archaeologists will attend the three-day forum, held at USQ and the Empire Theatre.
"We’ll be discussing ground breaking issues like contemporary politics of archaeology, the place of indigenous perspectives in archaeological interpretation and the role of the public and the media in archaeology," School of Humanities and Communication head Professor Bryce Barker said.
The conference features a “Meet the Graduates” evening where representatives from 30 companies will discuss employment opportunities with students.
"Archaeology graduates have a very high rate of employment in the cultural heritage industry in Australia and demand has increased even more over recent years because of the mining boom," Prof Barker said. (source)