Presentation at the “School of Humanities and Social Sciences” Weekly Seminar, University of Papua New Guinea

Invited by Prof. Linus Digim’rina, Sébastien Plutniak presents an aspect of the sociological research made in the context of the Papuan Past Project at UPNG “School of Humanities and Social Sciences” Weekly Seminar.

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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 (https://indoling.com/wlp/wlp-6/). 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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Papua New Guinean collaborators visit the University of Toulouse (France)

Following the early 2023 Papuan Past Project (PPP) fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, focusing on biological anthropology and archaeology research along the Purari river, and at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), two Papua New Guinean collaborators visited the University of Toulouse (France) between May and July 2023. These visiting collaborators, Ms Avis Babalu and Mr Christopher Kinipi, stayed for 2 weeks and 2 months respectively, to receive training in the field of archaeology and biological anthropology, and to work closely on collaborative projects with the PPP team located in France.

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