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Uncovering Pacific Pasts

Histories of archaeology in Oceania

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As part of the Collective Biography of Archaeology in the Pacific (CBAP) Project led by the Australian National University in Canberra, the Museum of Tropical Queensland is currently participating in the worldwide exhibition, Uncovering Pacific Pasts: Histories of archaeology in Oceania.

The collaborative display is featured in over 30 collecting institutions around the world, and explores the ideas, people and networks that were pivotal in the development of archaeology. The displays show how social interactions continue to affect the ways in which we interpret and engage with the history of the Pacific.

Participating institutions include British Museum, Australian Museum, Vatican Anima Mundi Museum of World Cultures, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University and many more. Download the full list of participating institutions here (500 KB) pdf document icon. 

Museum of Tropical Queensland chose to feature a range of stone adzes from HMS Pandora and investigate what the objects themselves can tell us about who made, used and traded them. This special display can currently be viewed in the Pandora Gallery on Level 1 until early June 2020.

You can also read more about this display and the technology used to examine the artefacts in our latest blog post.

To see what other objects are on display around the world and the links between them please visit     

Event Details

01 March 2020 09:30 AM - 01 June 2020 05:00 PM

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