Life and persistence in Southern Vanuatu

Southern Vanuatu Mission Archaeology Project

The Southern Vanuatu Mission Archaeology Project website contains data and media produced from 2011-2015 as part of an archaeological survey of early Presbyterian mission sites on the islands of Tanna and Erromango in southern Vanuatu (TAFEA Province). The project documented mission sites as well as Melanesian features on the landscape. It also involved a program of test excavation, and comprehensive analysis of materials recovered from excavations. These materials tell the story of early Christianity in Vanuatu, during an era of early interactions between Presbyterian missionaries and Melanesian people.

Project Team:

  • James Flexner, Director
  • Kelley Shanahan, Design & Workflow Specialist
  • Elena Toffalori, Web Development



Funding for website development was provided from an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DE130101703), which was hosted in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University, and from a start-up fund from the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney.