Kokoda Track Archaeology

7 September 2019

Join us for a lecture by Dr Matthew Kelly in our new series Travellers in Time.

 

The site at Eora Creek in PNG is the first Kokoda Track battlefield to be investigated archaeologically. From 2010 an Australian team, working for the PNG Government, has undertaken archival research, archaeological survey and oral history related to the conduct of the battle and its effects on the local Biage people. The battlefield is suspected to still contain perhaps 70 sets of remains of Japanese soldiers who fought, died and were buried in their weapons pits. Currently a multi-national team is excavating the site to recover these remains for repatriation to Japan. The archaeological team is led by Matthew Kelly, a consultant archaeologist from Sydney. This talk will review the work of the team over the last ten years and detail the results of the survey and the current excavations.

Matthew Kelly is a consultant archaeologist in Sydney who has undertaken survey and excavation in Australia, Europe and PNG. His work in PNG has focussed on WW2 sites along the iconic Kokoda Track, the Laloki River Valley and Jacquinot Bay in New Britain while his recent work in Europe has also involved survey of WW1 battlefield sites. He is currently convener of the Australia ICOMOS National Scientific Committee on Fortifications & Military Heritage.

This lecture series is sponsored by our friends at Academy Travel.

Event details

  • When: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
  • Where: Nicholson Museum
    The Quadrangle
  • Cost: Free
  • RSVP: Please follow the link below for registration
  • Registration:https://kokodatrack.eventbrite.com.au
  • Contact: Museum Reception
    T + 61 2 9351 2812
    nicholson.museum@sydney.edu.au
    W Nicholson Museum 
  • More info: The Nicholson Museum is open to the public and has free admission;
    Monday To Friday 10.00am – 4.30pm
    The First Saturday of Every Month 12noon - 4.00pm
    Closed on Public Holidays


Kokoda Track Archaeology

Where Nicholson Museum
The Quadrangle
When

7 September 2019


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