Few Australians realise that Spanish explorers mounted three expeditions to find the fabled Great Southern Land – in 1568, 1595 and 1606 – and along the way established colonies in the Solomon Islands. Join archaeologist Dr Martin Gibbs as he presents his recent work on the evidence of these failed settlements, including a ‘mystery’ Spanish site that may indicate the fate of Alvaro de Mendaña’s lost galleon, Santa Isabel.
About the speaker
Dr Martin Gibbs is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sydney. His current research interests include various projects looking at the archaeology of the convict systems of NSW (with Denis Gojak), Tasmania and Western Australia, as well as on the landscapes of early estates which used convict labour. Maritime archaeological interests include the cultural processes in wreck site formation, shipwreck survivor camps, frontier maritime industries (especially whaling and sealing) and maritime cultural landscapes. In addition to his Australian research Martin is currently investigating the archaeology of the 16th century failed Spanish colonisations of the Solomon Islands (with Dr David Roe). The particular focus is the archaeology of the Pamua (Makira) site, which may represent a failed settlement of the ‘lost’ 1595 colonising ship Santa Isabel. On the technical side, he is exploring the applications of remote sensing techniques (ground penetrating radar, magnetometer, resistivity meter) on Australian archaeological sites.
Date: Wednesday, 2 October
Time: Doors open at 5.45pm and the lecture will begin promptly at 6.00pm.
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