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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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$196,500 over 1 year
Summary
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
Investigators
Matthew Leavesley in collaboration with Justin Harty (Cairns Institute and University of Papua New Guinea)
Keywords
Archaeology

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The Nakanai Caves Cultural Heritage Project

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$228,000 over 5 years, in partnership with Archaeloogical & Heritage Management Solutions ($68,100)
Summary
This project will document and integrate the natural and cultural values of the Nakanai Caves in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea, in preparation for a cultural landscape World Heritage nomination. Our novel methodology incorporates community knowledge with archaeological and anthropological evidence to link natural and cultural values and define the landscape from local perspectives. Local input into the research will be prioritised. By emphasizing local participation and management of World Heritage listing processes we address an identified gap in World Heritage methodologies. Our approach allows for a subtle, nuanced definition of cultural landscapes under the World Heritage Convention.
Investigators
Simon Foale, Michael Wood, Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy, Colin Filer, Matthew Leavesley, Matthew Kelly and Jim Specht in collaboration with Kenn Mondiai (College of Arts, Society & Education, Archaeological & Heritage Management Solutions, Australian National University, The University of Sydney and Partners with Melanesians Inc)
Keywords
Papua New Guinea; World Heritage; Cultural Heritage
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