Stuart Bedford

Invited Researcher of DEA Programme
Stay in France: From September 15 to October 15, 2017

Dr Stuart Bedford is an archaeologist originally from New Zealand who completed his doctorate, focusing on the archaeology of Vanuatu, at the Australian National University (ANU) in 2000. Since 2005 he has been a Research Fellow at the ANU and has continued his research in Vanuatu researching sites that cover the period of initial colonisation (Lapita) at 3000 BP through to much later sites up to the period of European contact. 

Title of the project

Human colonization and societal transformation in the islands of Vanuatu, Southwest Pacific

Selected Bibliography

  • Bedford, S., 2006.  Pieces of the Vanuatu Puzzle: Archaeology of the North, South and Centre. Terra Australis 23, 326pp. Canberra: Pandanus Press, RSPAS, Australian National University. (
  • Bedford. S., 2014. Melanesia, pp. 622-631. In C. Renfrew and P. Bahn (eds), The Cambridge World Prehistory. Volume 1.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bedford, S.  2015. Going beyond the known World 3000 years ago: Lapita exploration and colonization of Remote Oceania, in C. Sand, S. Chiu and N. Hogg (eds), The Lapita Cultural Complex in time and space: expansion routes, chronologies and typologies.  Archeologica Pasifika 4. Institut d'archeologie de la Nouvelle-Caledonie et du Pacifique, New Caledonia, pp. 25-48.
  • Bedford, S., and M. Spriggs 2014. The archaeology of Vanuatu: 3000 years of history across islands of ash and coral. In E. Cochrane and T. Hunt (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Prehistoric Oceania. Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199925070.013.
  • Bedford, S., M. Abong, R. Shing and F. Valentin 2017. From First Encounters to Sustained Engagement and Alienation: European and ni-Vanuatu contact from 1774 to 1915, Port Sandwich, Malakula, Vanuatu, Southwest Pacific. In M.C. Berrocal and C. Tsang (eds), Historical and archaeological perspectives on early modern colonialism in Asia-Pacific and the Pacific. Vol. 1. University Press of Florida.
  • Bedford, S., M. Spriggs, H. Buckley, F. Valentin, R. Regenvanu and M. Abong 2010.  Un cimetière de premier peuplement: le site de Teouma, sud d’Efate, Vanuatu. In C. Sand, and S. Bedford (eds), Lapita: Ancêtres océaniens/Oceanic Ancestors, pp. 140-161. Paris: Museé du quai Branly/Somogy.
  • Bedford, S., M. Spriggs, R. Regenvanu and S. Yona 2011. Olfala histri wea i stap andanit long graon: archaeological training workshops in Vanuatu; a profile, the benefits, spin-offs and extraordinary discoveries. In N. Thieberger and J. Taylor (eds), Working Together: Vanuatu Research Histories, Collaborations, Projects and Reflections, pp. 191-213. Canberra: ANU E-Press