Lived Identities

Archaeology, landscapes and collections

This project integrates the perspectives of historical archaeology, museology, cultural landscapes, and heritage studies. The project will:

  • Expand on Australian South Sea Islander historiography to tell stories that are meaningful for Australian South Sea Islander communities, using a multidisciplinary approach spanning archaeology, documentary history, museum collections research, oral traditions, and cultural landscape mapping.
  • Produce a cultural map of places (past and present) of significance to Australian South Sea Islander communities in Central Queensland.
  • Excavate and analyse key archaeological landscapes relating to Australian South Sea Islander history and culture in Central Queensland as identified with Australian South Sea Islander community stakeholders.
  • Deepen understandings of Australian South Sea Islander related collections held by QM and other regional, State and National collecting institutions, and create links that allow for more connected interpretations of geographically dispersed materials.
  • Design and produce an interactive online node of Australian South Sea Islander cultural knowledge
  • Collaborate with institutional and Australian South Sea Islander partners to develop a national touring exhibition presenting the primary outcomes of the project.
  • Develop and document a participatory research methodology that goes beyond existing models for collaborative research in partnership with Australian South Sea Islander communities, and could be applied to other communities.

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