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ContactDr Charles Radclyffe image (2023)

Room 2C10
Tel +64 3 479 5442

Research interests

I am a Solomon Islander of I-Kiribati and British descent and am delighted to have recently joined the Archaeology Programme. I specialise in archaeological and anthropological research in Oceania and consider myself truly blessed to live and work in such a culturally diverse and beautiful part of the world! Over the last decade, I have participated in and directed cultural research programs primarily in Solomon Islands as well as Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Highlights from my fieldwork in my home country of Solomon Islands include surveying beautiful coastlines and pristine lagoons, eating delicious local fruits and traditional foods, and, most importantly, building relationships with local landowners and learning about their rich kastom ('traditional') knowledge and histories.

My key areas of research include archaeological modelling of human settlement of Oceania, investigating exchange systems and how they have changed over time, and broader notions of land and identity. Recently, my research has focused on the history of pottery-making in Solomon Islands, publishing in both Solomon Islands Pijin and English, improving public accessibility to academic research, indigeneity and navigating academic spaces as an early career Pasifika researcher. As one of Solomon Islands' first archaeologists to hold a PhD, I recognise the privilege of my education as well as the duty and responsibility that comes with it to improve archaeological research and cultural heritage management practices in my home nation and in the wider Pacific region.



Radclyffe, C., & Foukona, J. D. (2023, June). Unravelling the intersections between Indigenous culture heritage, land ownership and customary law in Solomon Islands. Verbal presentation at the 10th International Lapita Conference, Suva, Fiji.

Radclyffe, C. J. T., Aia-Fa’aleava, A., Avia, P., Utiku-Roberts, D., Soo Choon, G., Tafa, S., & Durham, J. (2023). 'FOB', 'plastic' and polycultural capital: Experiences of social labelling of Pasifika young peoples in South-east Queensland, Australia. Journal of Youth Studies. Advance online publication.

Radclyffe, C. J. T. (2023). [Review of the book Uncovering Pacific pasts: Histories of Archaeology in Oceania]. Journal of Pacific History, 58(3), 320-322. doi: 10.1080/00223344.2022.2151100

Radclyffe, C. J. T. (2023). Sereke Pua ('pottery-making'): History of a dying tradition on Lauru (Choiseul), Solomon Islands [Sereke Pua (“mekem clay pot”): Histori blong wanfala kastom wea hem kolsap lus lo Lauru (Choiseul), Solomon Islands]. Journal of Pacific History, 58(1), 21-41. doi: 10.1080/00223344.2022.2047622

Radclyffe, C. J. T. (2022). Exhibition catalogue essay Urunga Tikopian headrest. School of Archaeology and Anthropology Collections, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. Retrieved from

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