Martial Seguin

Participation: 2024

Martial Seguin is a master’s student in archaeology at the TRACES laboratory of the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès (France). He specializes in prehistoric archaeology, with a particular focus on Aurignacian lithic tool analysis. He is joining the project to participate in the archaeological fieldwork in collaboration with the University of PNG and the National Museum and Art Gallery of PNG.

Astolfo Araujo

Participation: 2024

Astolfo Araujo is lecturer at the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, University of São Paulo, Brazil (MAE/USP). Originally trained in Geology, he got his MA and PhD in Archaology, and presently his main interests are linked to tropical geoarchaeology on the one hand, and the application of evolutionary epistemology to archaeological problems on the other. He is head of the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Studies on Evolution, Culture, and Environment (LEVOC) at the MAE/USP.

Three doctoral theses completed in 2023 in collaboration with the Papuan Past Project

Ms Roxanne Tsang graduated with a PhD in Archaeology on the 21st of July 2023 at the University of Griffith (Australia). Dr Tsang’s PhD is entitled “The Ethnoarchaeology of Rock Art in East Sepik, Papua New Guinea”.

Ms Nicole Pedro graduated with a PhD in Biomedical Sciences on the 28th of April 2023 at the University of Porto (Portugal). Dr Pedro’s PhD is entitled “Genome – microbiome dynamics in human evolution and in emergence of diseases”.

Ms Mathilde André graduated with a PhD in Gene Technology on the 12th of September 2023 at the University of Tartu (Estonia). Dr André PhD is entitled “New Guinea, a hotspot for Human evolution: settlement history and adaptation in northern Sahul”.

Series of talks by members of the Papuan Past Project

Conference at IndoLing: 6th Workshop on the Languages of Papua, 17th-18th of July Dr Nicolas Brucato participated in the IndoLing worshop on Papuan languages in Sorong, Southwest Papua, Indonesia ( He presented recent results on the ‘Genetics of the Trans-New-Guinean language family’. This study showed the matches and mismatches between the exceptional genetic and linguistic diversities of New Guinea, highlighting the anthropological complexity of the region.

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