The Hampton Archive Project
It comprises artifacts and documentation collected by Dr. O. W. Hampton in the Highlands of Papua over an 18-year period (1982-1999). There are approximately 1000 artifacts from daily and ritual lives, which include many stone tools, accessories, and very rare textile materials such as spider-web cloths and looped fiber bags. In addition, there are more than 20,000 color slides, 200 sounds recordings on cassette tape made in the field, and meticulous research notes.
The Tracing Patterns Foundation is committed to preserve this important collection for future generations. We will conserve the artifacts, scan and digitize the information, and make them available free to the public. Our in-progress work can be seen at at: https://hamptonarchive.omeka.net/
Dr. O.W. (Bud) Hampton
The late Dr. Hampton was an Adjunct Curator of Anthropology, University of Colorado Museum, Boulder. He earned his doctorate from Texas A&M University. He also held a master's degree in geology and a master's degree in business from the University of Colorado. Dr. Hampton studied the material culture of the Dani people of Papua (formerly named Irian Jaya) during the period from 1982 to 1999. This was a critical period for anthropological study in this region, since the area became safe for travel, while outside influences still remained relatively modest. Dr. Hampton was principally interested in stone tools but he also collected all kinds of artifacts. He photographed, and documented all aspects of Dani material culture and the nearby cultures such as the Yali. He was the author of Culture of Stone, Sacred and Profane Uses of Stone Among the Dani.
introduction to the archive & appeal for funding
We estimate that the project will take three years (2021-2023). In these three years, we will do the followings: