7.30pm Thursday 4 September 2014
Concert Chamber, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato, Knighton Road
2014 New Zealand Aronui Lecture
CATCHING THE WIND : The first great phase of oceanic colonisation
A fundamental change in the relationships between people and the sea was marked by a rapid and extensive occupation of remote islands across the world during the late Holocene (1500BC to AD1500). This movement that almost doubled the reach of humanity across the surface of the planet. The impetus of this oceanic dispersal remains obscure but a study of the different ways in which it was manifested in the Indian and Pacific Oceans is beginning to reveal the reasons and mechanisms behind the process.
Professor Atholl Anderson FRSNZ is descended from Maori-Pakeha families on Rakiura. He has undertaken a lifetime of archaeological research spanning the entire Indo-Pacific from Madagascar, Seychelles and Diego Garcia, through the Batanes (Philippines), Yaeyama (Japan) and Palau islands, to New Caledonia, Fiji, Niue, Kiribati, French Polynesia, and the Juan Fernandez and Galapagos groups. His main interest has been in pre-European island colonization, encompassing themes of seafaring, migration chronology, colonisation behaviour and environmental change. He is Emeritus-Professor of the Australian National University where he held the chair of Prehistory in the Institute of Advanced Studies. He was Leverhulme Professor at York, Slater Fellow and Distinguished Fellow at Durham, Research Fellow at the University of Tokyo and a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
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