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    As part of the Pacific Presences Project, researchers
    were able to attribute this famous sculpture, collected
    on Cook's first voyage to Oceania, to Tahiti. They dated
    it to between the 17th and 18th centuries.
    MAA D 1914.34. Photography by Gwil Owen.
    Click here for a link to the research paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Museum Affordances

What do museums afford? What repertoires of action do they make possible? MAA is the lead partner in a 3-year AHRC-funded project being led by Paul Basu, Professor of Anthropology at SOAS University of London, who will be working with Nicholas Thomas and Chris Wingfield.

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Recollecting the Missionary Road

The intention of this project is to re-collect and re-assemble a wide range of artefacts associated with the missionary road. In the longer term, the project will result in a major exhibition at the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, scheduled for 2024.

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Digital Museum of Global Chinese Kun Opera

The Digital Museum of Global Chinese Kun Opera project is hosted by Cambridge Rivers Project (CRP) at the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology (MAA), University of Cambridge. The project started in October 2016 and will collect, document, research, and exhibit...

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Digital Museum of Global Buddhist Cultural Heritage

The Digital Museum of Global Buddhist Cultural Heritage project is hosted by Cambridge Rivers Project (CRP) at the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology (MAA), University of Cambridge. It started in January 2017 and will collect, document, research, and exhibit Asian...

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Heritage Matters: Culture and Development in the Pacific

This Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) funded pilot project analysed the current and possible future contribution of Pacific Island museums to sustainable development goals. It was a collaboration between the University of Cambridge’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA)...

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Cambridge Rivers Project

The Cambridge Rivers Project (CRP) was launched in 1983 and is named after one of the founders of modern fieldwork anthropology, W.H.R. Rivers. It is dedicated to innovation and communication in anthropology. In particular it is concerned with collecting and...

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Pacific Presences

Oceanic art and European museums European Research Council 2013-2018 This project will explore major ethnographic collections that entered European museums during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and have remained largely unstudied since. Focussing on materials from the Pacific that...

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Multiple Modernisms: Twentieth-Century Artistic Modernisms in Global Perspective

Multiple Modernisms: Twentieth-Century Artistic Modernisms in Global Perspective Leverhulme Trust 2013-2016 This ambitious project explores what might be called the ‘other histories’ of modernism in art, focusing particularly on indigenous modernisms from Africa, Oceania and the Americas. The participants, a...

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Collaborative Work with Torres Strait Islanders

MAA has a long history of working in collaboration with Torres Strait Islanders. One of the Museum’s most important collections – the objects, photographs, drawings and notes assembled by Alfred Haddon and the 1898 Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to the Torres...

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Fijian Art Research and Websites

This three-year project, running from May 2011 to April 2014, is a collaboration between the Sainsbury Research Unit for...

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