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Destruction of the 1912 Lenakel Church (Tanna, Vanuatu) in Cyclone Pam, and Thoughts for the Future of the Site

Flexner, James; Jones, Martin J; Evans, Philip


We report on the destruction of the 1912 Tanna Church by tropical Cyclone Pam, which struck Vanuatu on the 13th March 2015. This building was a very significant prefabricated timber structure that had been archaeologically recorded in great detail. Detailed documentation mitigates to some extent the loss of the physical structure, especially when considered alongside the community’s interests in the intangible values of the site. Returning to the site after the building’s destruction allowed us...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: International Journal of Historical Archaeology
DOI: 10.1007/s10761-015-0304-7


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