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Lessons from the Ancestors? The Archaeology of Human Ecodynamics in Polynesia
Inaugural Lecture - Professor Melinda Allen

As people settled the eastern Pacific new ecological relations were forged and fundamentally different bioscapes evolved. In the process, highly productive environments were created—sustaining indigenous communities for centuries and largely transcending geologic and climatic perturbations. Drawing on archaeological research in East Polynesia, Professor Allen steps away from narratives of loss and “catastrophe”, focusing instead on the ways that past societies created, inhabited, and continuously re-negotiated their socio-ecological worlds. Alongside a growing number of archaeologists, she argues these multi-century records of human ecodynamics are relevant to 21st century challenges. Unlocking their full potential, however, requires robust partnerships with indigenous communities and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Where: OGH Lecture theatre G36, Old Government House, City Campus
When: Thursday 27 September 2018 from 6pm

Drinks & Nibbles will be served in the Old Governement House Members Lounge following the lecture.

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