Dr Jean Kennedy

PhD (Hawaii), MA Hons (Otago)
Visiting Fellow, Archaeology and Natural History
College of Asia & the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Archaeology 2101
  • Archaeology Of New Guinea And Pacific Islands (Excl. New Zealand) 210106
  • Archaeology Of Asia, Africa And The Americas 210103
  • Archaeological Science 210102
  • Maori Archaeology 210109
  • Horticultural Production 0706
  • Agroforestry 070501
  • Agricultural Land Management 070101
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104
  • History And Philosophy Of Science (Incl. Non Historical Philosophy Of Science) 220206

Research interests

Southeast Asian and Pacific prehistory, management and domestication of tropical plants, ethnobotany, settlement pattern, ethnic diversity.


Education and early research in New Zealand and Polynesia (anthropology, University of Otago, BA 1966, MA(Hons) 1969). PhD (anthropology, University of Hawaii, 1977) on mainland southeast Asia, included abortive attempt to pursue funded fieldwork in Burma, and study of Lao, Burmese and Thai languages. Subsequent ANU-funded archaeological research focused on Manus Province, Papua New Guinea. Recent library- and internet-based research concerns tropical crops, especially bananas, and the problems of producing well-founded interdisciplinary syntheses across ever more complex and specialised research fields.

Career highlights

1966-69 Tutor, Department of Anthropology, University of Otago; 1977-82 Research Fellow, Prehistory, RSPacS, ANU; 1983-90 Senior Lecturer, History of Science & Technology/Archaeology, University of Papua New Guinea; 1997-present Visiting Fellow, ANH, ANU.


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