As part of the Centre for Samoan Studies weekly Seminar and Film Series Greg Jackmond presented a seminar on the topic, ‘Uncovering Samoan Mysteries of the Past: Archaeology and Heritage in the 21st Century.’ Jackmond is an American scholar and archaeologist who is volunteering his expertise at the Centre for Samoan Studies.
The presentation aimed to inform on the efforts by the Centre for Samoan Studies with the assistance of Jackmond to further investigate or expand on research that Jackmond started in the 1960’s, particularly in researching and surveying Faala village and Letolo plantation both located in the Palauli district on the south east coast of the island of Savaii in Samoa.
Some of the questions that Jackmond will help the Centre for Samoan Studies to answer are: Where did the ancient Samoans live before the palagi’s came to Samoa? What does an ‘umuti’ look like? What is actually hiding in family plantations? and how will it feel like to discover a huge ancient village that everyone has forgotten about and what is the next step?
Jackomd is also assisting the Centre for Samoan Studies in a project documenting Samoan archaeological and Built heritage places funded by the US Embassy.