Poromoi Tamu and the case of the drowning village: history lost places and the stories we tell

David, Bruno, Lamb, Lara, Delannoy, Jean-Jacques, Pivoru, Frank, Rowe, Cassandra, Pivoru, Max, Frank, Tony, Frank, Nick, Fairbairn, Andrew, and Pivoru, Ruth (2012) Poromoi Tamu and the case of the drowning village: history lost places and the stories we tell. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 16 (2). pp. 319-345.

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Abstract

Archaeological excavations at an ancestral village site within rainforest in Papua New Guinea has revealed buried cultural evidence that can be explained in a number of ways. While interpretations based on Western archaeological methods suggest regional landscape dynamics informed by geomorphological processes, Indigenous Rumu oral traditions suggest an interpretation of the site's stratigraphy based on the workings of spiritual forces. The role of story-telling and new information in site interpretation and understanding is explored in light of these different yet complementary accounts.

Item ID: 37168
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: archaeology; oral traditions; story-telling; Papua New Guinea; worldviews
ISSN: 1573-7748
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC Discovery grant DP0877782, ARC QEII Fellowship DP0877782
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2015 02:43
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210106 Archaeology of New Guinea and Pacific Islands (excl New Zealand) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology @ 100%
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