Matthew's research interests revolve around notions of prehistoric human adaptation(s) to depauperate/marginally environments with particular reference to case studies in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Matthew has participated in projects situated in New Ireland, East New Britain, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Madang, Jiwaka, Milne Bay, East Sepik and Central Provinces within PNG.

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Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency - Grant

PNG WWII Historical Archaeology Project

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$201,001 over 1 year
DPAA is the US govt organisation tasked with the recovery of the remains of US service people in the post-conflict context. DPAA has a global remit. In PNG, DPAA created a partnership with the PNG National Museum, PNGDF and the led by the UPNG Archaeology Laboratory to undertake some of these investigations. MACR 15077 involves the loss of a B-25D #43-29701. On 5 Oct 1942, the aircraft failed to return from a patrol from Port Moresby to the Oro Bay area after the aircraft was attacked by enemy fighters. The subject aircraft was ?last seen in steep dive toward the water with six Zeros on his tail.? An administrative finding of death has been issued for all seven crewmembers. Investigators have visited and validated Site PP-00299 on several occasions starting in 1944 when an ID bracelet for the pilot of MACR 15077 was found near the wreckage at Soroputa. Subsequent visits to the location in 1986, 2010, 2014, and 2019 confirmed the location and association with MACR 15077. Project Objectives: 1. Archaeological excavation focused on priority site locations identified during 19-3PG IT-P and reported in 2019 Archaeological Site Survey Report (ASSR). 2. Phase I/Phase II archaeological testing in areas already surveyed to confirm and expand current knowledge regarding site boundaries and density established during the 2019
Matthew Leavesley in collaboration with Justin Harty (Cairns Institute and University of Papua New Guinea)

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