Dylan's work explores human prehistory in the Indo-Pacific islands, specifically on New Guinea and New Zealand. The New Guinea research has focussed on 1) the production and exchange of material culture by Austronesian-speaking communities around Karkar Island and Madang on the northeast coast of Papua New Guinea; 2) Pleistocene-Holocene settlement, subsistence, and trade around the New Guinea Highlands; and, most recently as the subject of his PhD research, 3) human adaptation to small rainforested islands in eastern Wallacea and northwest New Guinea. Dylan’s New Zealand research has examined stone tool industries around southern Aotearoa, along with the first Chinese settlement of New Zealand in the late nineteenth century.
The Raja Ampat Archaeological Project
The Raja Ampat Archaeological Project is an international collaboration between researchers at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia, and Balai Arkeologi Papua (Centre for Archaeology in Papua). The project has been completed under the RISTEK research permit 359/SIP/FRP/E5/Dit.KI/X/2018.
More information can be found on the Raja Ampat Archaeological Project website.