Learning from Ancient and Modern Trade in the Spice Islands of Eastern Island Southeast Asia

Photo: Excavations at the PA1 Neolithic site, Banda Islands, Indonesia (photo by Andrew Lawless)


Indonesian Studies Colloquium with Prof. Peter V. Lape, Department of Anthropology and Burke Museum, University of Washington

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

In historical times between the 16th and 20th centuries, the so-called spice islands of what is now eastern Indonesia were a zone of intensive interisland and long distance maritime trade. Archaeological evidence suggests that this interaction intensity has a relatively long history, dating to the early Neolithic period 3,500 years ago. Today, the large and small islands in this area remains intensively interconnected, and some of this trade is done by people using traditional boats operating under sail or paddle. This paper will explore how we can apply data from these different realms (documentary history, archaeology and ethnography) to expand our understanding of island connectivity at different times in the past and present, with implications for the future.

Peter Lape is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington, and is also the Curator of Archaeology at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Born in New Hampshire, Lape received his BA in Physics in 1985 from the University of New Hampshire, MA in Museum Studies in 1994 from San Francisco State University and PhD in Anthropology in 2000 from Brown University. He is an archaeologist specializing in the histories of social change in Island Southeast Asia over the last 4,000 years. His research focuses on island landscapes and seascapes, cross cultural interactions such as trade and warfare, human-environment dynamics and climate change. He has conducted collaborative fieldwork in Indonesia, Timor Leste and the Philippines. He also has an interest in archaeological practice, cultural resource management and public archaeology in the Southeast Asia and the US, and has ongoing collaborations with Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest of the US.

Cost : Free and open to the public.

Barbara Gaerlan
310-206-9163
cseas@international.ucla.edu

http://www.international.ucla.edu/cseas/


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies