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Sarah Byrne

Research Interests

  • Theories of social practice
  • Relationship between archaeology and anthropology
  • Community heritage
  • Indigenous representation in museums
  • The role of oral history in museums
  • Relationship between memory and materiality
  • Digital anthropology
  • Pacific ethnographic collections
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Relationship between architecture and artefact
  • Actor-network theory

Research Directory Records

Educational Background

  • 2008: PhD in Pacific Archaeology, University College London Thesis: Practice-centred approach to Uneapa Island’s archaeology in a long term context.
  • 2003: MA in Artefact Studies, University College London Thesis title: Animate Objects: A.C. Haddon's acquisitions from the Torres Straits and Papua New Guinea at the Horniman Museum, 1902-1915.
  • 1999: BA in Archaeology & English. NUI, Galway Thesis title: Understanding Bronze Age Hoards from British and Irish rivers within a social context.
  • Byrne, S. (forthcoming 2012) Voicing the Museum Artefact. Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies.
  • Byrne, S. (forthcoming 2012) Rock Art as Material Culture: A Case Study on Uneapa Island, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
  • Harrison, R. Byrne, S., Clarke, A. (eds.) (forthcoming 2012) Reassembling the Collection: Ethnographic Museums and Indigenous Agency. SAR Press, New Mexico.
  • Byrne, S. (forthcoming 2012) Exposing the ‘heart’ of the museum- the archaeological sensibility in the storeroom. In Reassembling the Collection: Ethnographic Museums and Indigenous Agency. SAR Press, New Mexico.
  • Byrne, S. March 2012. Community Archaeology as Knowledge Management: Reflections from Uneapa Island, Papua New Guinea. Public Archaeology. 11 (1): 26-52.
  • Byrne, S., Clarke, A., Harrison, R. and Torrence, R. (eds.) (2011) Unpacking the collection: Networks of Material and Social Agency in the Museum, One World Archaeology Series, Springer.
  • Byrne, S., Clarke, A., Harrison, R. and Torrence, R. (eds.) (2011) Networks, Agents and Objects: Frameworks for Unpacking Museum Collections, In Unpacking the collection: Networks of Material and Social Agency in the Museum, pp. 3-26. 
  • Byrne, S. (2011) Trials and Traces: A. C. Haddon’s Agency as Museum Curator . In Unpacking the collection: Networks of Material and Social Agency in the Museum, pp. 306-25. One World Archaeology Series, Springer.
  • Byrne, S., 2005. Recent Survey and Excavation of the Monumental Complexes on Uneapa Island, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Papers of the Institute of Archaeology, 16:95-102.

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