Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, Monash University
Dr Chris Urwin is a research fellow at Monash Indigenous Studies Centre and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH). Chris works in partnership with Indigenous communities to investigate their remarkable landscapes in Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG). He completed his PhD in 2019, for which he worked with two villages in Orokolo Bay (PNG) to establish radiocarbon chronologies for their ancestral sites, alongside a programme to document local oral traditions. This research has helped improve our understanding of the history of exchange and social change on PNG's south coast.
Chris was previously (2019-2020) a Senior Curator in the First Peoples Department at Museums Victoria, where he sought to enhance community access and research into the archaeology collection. In 2021 he will be a Peter Buck postdoctoral fellow at the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution, USA), researching the social histories of Pacific canoe collections. Chris enjoys communicating archaeology and anthropology for a popular audience: from 2017-2019 he was social media officer for the Australian Archaeological Association.
Chris' research interests include: how Indigenous communities understand colonial-era collecting practices; how people build places through time and remember this process; and the application of Bayesian chronological models in archaeology. He has obtained research funding from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE), the Australian Archaeological Association and the Smithsonian Institution.
Postdoctoral research fellow, Monash University
Senior curator, Museums Victoria
Teaching associate, Monash University
Monash University, Doctor of Philosophy
Monash University, Honours / Australian Indigenous Archaeology
How long have dogs been in Melanesia? New evidence from Caution Bay, south coast of Papua New Guinea, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Worked bone and teeth from Orokolo Bay in the Papuan Gulf (Papua New Guinea), Australian Archaeology
Excavating and interpreting ancestral action: Stories from the subsurface of Orokolo Bay, Papua New Guinea, Journal of Social Archaeology
The chronology of Popo, an ancestral village site in Orokolo Bay, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea, Australian Archaeology
Hearing the evidence: Using archaeological data to analyse the long-term impacts of dugong (Dugong dugon) hunting on Mabuyag, Torres Strait, over the past 1000 years, Australian Archaeology
Grants and Contracts
Entwined Narratives of Indigenous Voyaging and American Collecting: Pacific Canoes in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
User Access Grant: High-resolution radiocarbon chronologies for the phased development of Popo Ancestral Village in Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
Dating the Miruka clan suburb of Popo Ancestral Village, Orokolo Bay
Australian Archaeological Association Student Reserach Grants Scheme
Dating the ancestral migration village site of Popo, Orokolo Bay, Papua New Guinea.
Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering
Australian Archaeological Association
The World Archaeological Congress
The Archaeological & Anthropological Society of Victoria
Museum Ethnographers Group
Australian Association for Pacific Studies
Pacific Cultural Studies (200210)
Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Archaeology (210101)
Archaeology Of New Guinea And Pacific Islands (Excl. New Zealand) (210106)
Social And Cultural Anthropology (160104)
Pacific History (Excl. New Zealand And Maori) (210313)