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Nov 23, 2017 international
Archaeological Survey of Myola

Project overview

  • Archaeological Survey
  • Undertaken in 2016
  • Approximately $230K


  • Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA) PNG

On a project for Papua New Guinea Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA) in 2016, we carried out an archaeological surface survey of the Myola Basin and its immediate surroundings. This work is being undertaken as part of the Kokoda Initiative,
a partnership between the Papua New Guinea and Australian governments for the sustainable development of the Owen Stanley Ranges, Brown River Catchment and Kokoda Track region and protection of its heritage values. The project contributed to multiple objectives including contributing to the quantum of knowledge that may be used to prepare a future World Heritage nomination of the Owen Stanley Ranges, Brown River Catchment and the Kokoda Track Region.


The results from Myola remind us that we do not yet have a clear understanding of the prehistoric past in in this region and that the response of people to the climatic challenges of the past are likely to be much more complex and nuanced than simple abandonment. Low level use continued in the Myola area, during the last glacial maximum. This suggest that a cultural landscape approach is needed to really understand the complex interactions of people and nature over time in this region.

The Project

During the project we worked with people from Kagi and Naduri Village conduct test excavations which revealed a range sites dating back from at least 33,552 + 365 BP up to recent times. We also found early pottery which is the only known example at this altitude in the region.

Download the Project Sheet here