Monash University

Dr Chris Urwin works on archaeological projects conducted in partnership with Indigenous communities in Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG). He completed his PhD in 2019, for which he worked with village communities in the Gulf Province of PNG to establish radiocarbon chronologies for their ancestral sites and document local oral traditions. This research has helped improve our understanding of the history of exchange and social change on PNG’s south coast. The research also showed that peoples of this region have been digging up and interpreting their ancestral landscapes for generations.

His current research concerns: how contemporary Indigenous communities understand colonial era collecting practices; and how people build and remember ancestral places through time. His research has been funded by the Smithsonian Institution, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE).


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