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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Helen A. Alderson (BA, BA hons, MA, PhD) is curator with responsibility for World Archaeology

She has conducted archaeological and documentary research in museums and archives in Europe and Oceania, and has also been a part of archaeological field teams working in Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia. She currently supervises students in Archaeology and Heritage Studies.

Helen’s interests include exploring how people create, preserve, and communicate artisanal knowledge in and between groups. She also focuses on connecting museum collections with their contemporary archaeological landscapes, and building archaeological schema to help resolve museum provenance issues.


Key publications: 


Alderson, H. A. (2018) Reinvigorating the study of Micronesian objects in European museums: collections from Pohnpei and Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia. In: Carreau, L., Clark, A., Jelinek, A., Lilje, E., & Thomas, N. (eds.) Pacific Presences: Oceanic Art and European Museums. Volume 2. Leiden: Sidestone Press.

McCoy, M. D., Alderson, H. A., Hemi, R., Cheng, H., Edwards, R. L. (2016) Earliest direct evidence of monument building at the archaeological site of Nan Madol (Pohnpei, Micronesia) identified using 230 Th/U coral dating and geochemical sourcing of megalithic architectural stone. Quaternary Research86(3), 295-303. 

Flexner, J. L., Willie, E., Lorey, A. Z., Alderson, H., Williams, R., Ieru, S. (2016) Iarisi’s Domain: Historical archaeology of a Melanesian village, Tanna Island, Vanuatu. The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology. 11(1), 26-49. 

McCoy, M. D., Alderson, H. A., Thompson, A. (2015) A new archaeological field survey of the site of Nan Madol, Pohnpei. Rapa Nui Journal. 29(1), 5-22. 

Senior Curator in World Archaeology
A colour photograph of Helen Alderson, Curator of Archaeology at MAA
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