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Archaeological insights into the colonisation of the Pacific
Professor Glenn Summerhayes, professor of archaeology at the University of Otago, presents an overview of his archaeological research on Papua New Guinea and the Pacific spanning thirty years.
His landmark PhD work, Lapita Interaction, reassessed and re-evaluated the degree of interaction between communities of the enigmatic Lapita people of the western Pacific, widely regarded as the ancestors of the Polynesian people around 3000 years ago.
Following his talk, Professor Summerhayes will lead a short walking tour of Otago Museum’s world-class Melanesian collection in the Pacific Cultures gallery .
5.30pm, Tuesday 4 April