As an interdisciplinary project, the Papuan Past Project involves a collaboration of specialists from genetics, archaeology, rock art, and ethnology, as well as data-sets at different scales of analysis (from the level of New Guinea Island, to the level of the local distribution of archaeological sites). Consequently, it is necessary to use a method that collectively organizes the research and integrates the heterogeneous data. Continue reading “Using GIS for data integration in interdisciplinary research in Papua New Guinea, East Sepik”
1. Travel to and on the field
On Tuesday 7th August, thanks to an invitation by Prof. Astolfo Araujo, Sébastien Plutniak gave a talk on the Papuan Past Project at the Museu de archeologia e etnologia of the Sao Paulo University.
Entitled “‘The Papuan Past Project’ : Archaeology, Genetics and Ethnography in East Sepik, Papua New Guinea. First Results and a Case for Practical Interdisciplinarity”, this presentation included (1) an introduction about the “investigations on human history in New Guinea”, (2) a presentation of the “Lines of investigations and disciplines involved” in the project, (3) details on the first results concerning the ”Cave-related Knowledge and Social Networks” in Auwim village, and (4) some final thoughts on “Practical interdisciplinarity” in our project.
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The last issue of the Journal de la Société des océanistes is a special volume on “The materiality of Sepik societies”. It gathers the contributions to a conference organized in 2015 in Paris. Two ethnographic papers are more specifically related to the Karawari and Awim area, where the Papuan Past Project is also conducting part of its investigations:
- the first is by Borut Telban, entitled “Karawari carved crocodiles: From spirit-beings to museum artefacts”;
- the second is based on an ethnographic fieldwork conducted by Tomi Bartole in the Awim village: “Giving (up) a traditional problem-solving ritual: materialisation of power and self-transformation amongst the people of Awim, East Sepik Province”.