This talk will present the background to, and preliminary results of a multidisciplinary project to address plastic pollution in the remote yet iconic Galapagos archipelago. The talk will describe how the project came about, what it aims to achieve, and how archaeology provides an essential yet previously underused methodology in seeking to mitigate this global environmental problem.   

About the presenter

Professor John Schofield has recently concluded a six year term as Head of the Archaeology Department at the University of York UK, where he now returns to his role as Director of Studies, Cultural Heritage Management. Before arriving in York he spent 21 years with English Heritage. Originally a prehistorian, John now specialises in applying archaeological methods to contemporary social and environmental challenges, including marine plastic pollution. This is John's second visit to UQ. In 2018 he delivered the Jay Hall Lecture.



About Archaeology Working Papers

The Working Papers in Archaeology seminar series provides a forum for dissemination of archaeological research and ideas amongst UQ archaeology students and staff. All students are invited to attend the series and postgraduate students, from honours upwards, are invited to present their research. The aim is to provide opportunities for students, staff and those from outside UQ, to present and discuss their work in an informal environment. It is hoped that anyone interested in current archaeological directions, both within and outside the School and University, will be able to attend and contribute to the series.


Steele Building (03), St Lucia Campus, UQ

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