SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Stephanie Tredan

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Department of History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

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Dr Stephanie Tredan
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Thesis title:
Stuck in Limbo: The Repatriation of Unprovenanced Australian Indigenous Ancestral Remains from UK and Australian Museums


Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in History, Ancient History and Archaeology from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Within her Bachelor’s degree she took part in an archaeological excavation on the Kurtonitj Indigenous Australian Property in Victoria, assessing the site of a stone circle; presumed hut. She holds a Master’s degree in Art Gallery and Museum Studies from the University of Leeds, partaking in a work placement opportunity as a Registrar, at the Leeds Museum and Galleries Discovery Centre, focussing on processing loans and collection management. Stephanie is currently completing her PhD in the History of Art and Archaeology department at SOAS.

PhD Research

The thesis examines curatorial approaches and museum practice surrounding the repatriation of Australian Indigenous human remains, drawing specific attention to remains with little to no known provenance or cultural affiliation. Focus is made towards the cultural and institutional dilemma which ‘unprovenanced’ indigenous remains pose for both museums and indigenous communities, including the various means and methods these issues have been addressed within the process of repatriation.