CBAP 2018 Annual Conference

CBAP 2018 Annual Conference
Pacific Ocean Map c. 1940

The Collective Biography of Archaeology in the Pacific

A Hidden History

Monday 26th March, 9am - 5pm

Tuesday 27th March, 9am - 5pm

This two day conference will present the current research and future plans of the ARC Project “The Collective Biography of Archaeology in the Pacific (CBAP)” Team, including PhD scholars, staff and associated researchers on the general theme of the history of Pacific archaeology. Morning Tea will be provided and RSVP is essential. Please register via email to


MONDAY 26 MARCH MORNING: McDonald Room, Menzies Library

  • 9-9.50am Matthew Spriggs ‘CBAP Overview 2017 and plans for the future’.
  • 9.50-10.35am Tristen Jones ‘The hidden history of a third of the world: CBAP – the Exhibition’
  • 10.35-11am MORNING TEA
  • 11am-12noon Seren Griffiths – ‘Radiocarbon dating and revolutions in understanding’
  • 12-12.30pm Bronwen Douglas ‘”Excavating” Bruni D’Entrecasteaux’s Voyage’
  • 12.30-2pm LUNCH - not provided.

MONDAY 26 MARCH AFTERNOON: Lady Wilson Room, Sir Roland Wilson Building, 2.10

  • 2-2.45pm Victor Melander (Final PhD Oral Presentation) – ‘The coming of the white bearded men: the origin
  • and development of Thor Heyerdahl’s “Kon-Tiki Theory”’
  • 2.45-3.30pm Andrea Ballesteros Danel ‘Unearthing Argentina’s contribution to the Trans-Pacific contact
  • debate’
  • 3.30-4pm AFTERNOON TEA
  • 4-4.45pm Michelle Richards ‘Prehistoric long-distance interaction or historic trade and exchange in
  • Polynesia? PXRF analyses in old museum collections’

TUESDAY 27 MARCH MORNING: McDonald Room, Menzies Library

  • 9-10.15am Matthew Spriggs ‘Everything you thought you knew about the history of Australian archaeology is
  • wrong!’
  • 10.15-10.45am MORNING TEA
  • 10.45-11.30am Elena Govor ‘Russians and Oceania: expeditions, collectors, museums’
  • 11.30am-12.30pm Ann McGrath ‘Rediscovering the deep human past: is this history?’
  • 12.30-2pm LUNCH – not provided

TUESDAY 27 MARCH AFTERNOON: McDonald Room, Menzies Library, 2-3.30pm

  • 2-2.45pm Jim Specht ‘Otto Meyer’s pottery archive: re-uniting the collection’
  • 2.45-3.30pm Campbell Macknight ‘F.D. McCarthy in Island Southeast Asia, 1937-38: constructing prehistory’
  • TUESDAY 27 MARCH AFTERNOON: Lady Wilson Room, Sir Roland Wilson Building, Room 2.10, 4-5.45pm
  • 3.30-4pm AFTERNOON TEA (Sir Roland Wilson Building)
  • 4-4.45pm Hilary Howes ‘Centres of influence, webs of connection: German-language archaeology in the
  • Pacific’
  • 4.45-5.30pm Emilie Dotte – ‘Update from the Francophone front: more kinship links, still no women…’
  • 5.30-5.45pm Closing remarks

6.30pm – 2018 GOLSON LECTURE

Seren Griffiths ‘Revolutions in Understanding: a history of archaeological thought and radiocarbon dating’

(DNF Dunbar Physics Lecture Theatre [Building 39A])

Sponsored by the Centre for Archaeological Research and the CBAP Project


Date & time

Mon 26 Mar 2018, 9am – Tue 27 Mar 2018, 5pm


McDonald Room, Menzies Library (Building 2)


Matthew Spriggs
Andrea Ballesteros-Danel
Bronwen Douglas
Emilie Dotte-Sarout
Elena Govor
Seren Griffiths
Hilary Howes
Tristen Jones
Campbell McKnight
Michelle Richards
Jim Specht
Victor Melander


Catherine Fitzgerald


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