Investigating monumentality in Melanesia: the archaeology of ritual architecture on the islands of Malakula, Vanuatu

    Project Details

    Description

    The aim of this project is to inject renewed impetus into understanding general processes of social transformation in the wider Pacific. It focuses on the archaeology of monumental and ritual architecture, cultural manifestations long recognised as indispensable in identifying prehistoric sociopolitical change. The study will provide rare comparative data from the Melanesian region, namely the islands of Malakula in Vanuatu, which can then be assessed against the long-established models of socio-political change generated for much of Polynesia and to a lesser extent Micronesia.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date1/02/1327/03/17

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD711,334.00