A Newly Discovered Species of Little People 

Saturday 1 December 2012,  1pm–2pm and 3pm–4pm (this lecture is fully booked)
Soundings Theatre, Level 2
Free entry but bookings essential (see below)

Don’t miss this fascinating lecture on Homo floresiensis – a human species discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003. This species stood just over 1 metre tall, had large feet, and was capable of complex activities.

Two of the principal archaeologists involved, Professor Mike Morwood and Thomas Sutikna, talk about this remarkable discovery and ongoing excavations to find out more about it. On display is a replica skeleton and artefacts from the dig.

Free entry, but bookings essential: email rsvp@vuw.ac.nz with ‘Little people’ in the subject line or call (04) 472 1000.

Check out the live stream of the 3pm lecture

Mike Morwood

Professor Morwood, of the Centre for Archaeological Science, University of Wollongong, has led numerous archaeological projects in Australia. Since 1997, he has undertaken extensive archaeological research on the Indonesian islands of Java, Flores, Timor, and Sulawesi. He and his Indonesian colleagues stunned the world in October 2004 with their announcement of the discovery of Homo floresiensis.

Thomas Sutikna

Thomas Sutikna is one Indonesia’s most experienced archaeologists. From 2001 to 2004, Thomas directed excavations at Liang Bua, west-central Flores. He was one of the co-leaders of the team that discovered Homo floresiensis. He is currently completing a PhD at the University of Wollongong.


This event is generously sponsored and supported by Victoria University of Wellington, Te Papa, Wellington City Council, and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia. 


Thumbnail image: Reconstruction of Homo floresiensis. Image courtesy of Elisabeth Daynès (S Plailly/E Daynès – Reconstruction Atelier Daynès, Paris)