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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Occupation ends, rahui begins
He said he opposed the plan because it involved filling in part of an
800-year-old fish trap, and would damage extensive middens.
He and three supporters camped on the site until Monday afternoon, and
now Te Uri Taniwha has imposed a rāhui against any development in the
area, including construction of the road and carpark, as well as
The rāhui is designed to maintain the site's cultural and spiritual
integrity, and has no effect on public access.

Histories of Archaeology Conference
On 23–27 March 2020 the 'Collective Biography of Archaeology in the
Pacific' (CBAP) Australian Research Council Laureate Project, led by
Professor Matthew Spriggs, will be hosting the Histories of
Archaeology conference at The Australian National University in

New Footprints Found On The "Devil's Trail" Suggest Neanderthals
Climbed Up A Recently Erupted Volcano

The search for Eden: in pursuit of humanity's origins

NZAA is pleased to announce that applications for the 2020 round of funding from The Walton Fund are now open. Grants will be made to enable and assist in any work that promotes archaeological site recording, records new sites, and/or updates old site records. Previous successful applications have facilitated archaeological surveys of the Catlins Lake coastline, and of Whenua Hou/Codfish Island.
Applications are due by 15 March 2020. Full details can be found on the website:

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Māori Council is calling for an investigation into the Kaikōura rebuild

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

From the mouths of ancient Pacific pioneers come tantalising tales of the past

Monday, January 20, 2020

Someone stirring - Maori project - thousand of dollars poured

Doesn't look like it did when I was a boy either - wasn't a car park
then, but a trivial piece of traffic engineering to stop that.


Garry Law
31 Lansell Drive, Dannemora, Auckland 2016

+64 9 2716505 (Office)
+64 27 5665 764 (Mobile)
On Mon, 20 Jan 2020 at 12:31, Garry Law <> wrote:
> Thousands of dollars are being poured into a project to stop the degradation of a historic Otago site.

The National Library cull of 600,000 books could be a disaster for researchers


Thousands of dollars are being poured into a project to stop the degradation of a historic Otago site.


Clumsy kiwi falls into pit — twice

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Preserving historical Maori sites in the Hauraki Gulf

About 20 archaeologists and iwi members have spent the past two weeks carefully excavating Mangahawea Bay on Moturua Island. A combination of radiocarbon dating, artefacts, animal remains and oral history suggest the Bay of Islands site is among the earliest human settlements in Aotearoa.  

Thursday, January 16, 2020


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Garry Law <>
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2020 at 12:49 PM
Subject: Re: NZAA Website Enquiry: General Enquiry
To: Zac McIvor <>

Will do



On Thu, 16 Jan 2020 at 12:24 PM, Zac McIvor <> wrote:
Hi Garry,

Could you please include info below in the next newsletter?


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From: NZAA Website <>
Date: Mon, Jan 6, 2020 at 5:11 PM
Subject: NZAA Website Enquiry: General Enquiry
To: <>

Name: Simon Wyatt-Spratt

Organisation: CAA Australasia

Phone: 0424462189

Email Address:

Enquiry Type: General Enquiry

Enquiry / Comments:


I'm writing on behalf of CAAA, the Australasian branch of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology). CAAA is holding a 4-day writing workshop from the 2nd to 5th of February at the Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island, Queensland. The goal of the workshop is to begin work on a textbook to introduce undergraduates to digital methods in archaeology.

I was hoping you could send out the message below inviting members of NZAA to the workshop. Please let me know if you need any more information or have any questions.

Many thanks,
Simon Wyatt-Spratt

SIMON WYATT-SPRATT | Admin Assistant
E | W

CAA Australasia, the Australasian branch of CAA International (Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology), is excited to announce our 2020 Summer Institute!

The Summer Institute is an intensive, four-day, residential writing workshop. The goal of the Summer Institute is to produce an undergraduate textbook on digital methods and technologies in archaeology. Digital technologies are an ever-increasing component of all archaeological work, but currently there is no textbook that archaeology undergraduates can turn to which provides a comprehensive overview and introduction to digital methodologies.

2nd to 5th February 2020

Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island, Queensland. There will be a limited bursary for travel costs for attendees who are unwaged, students and First Nations attendees. More details will be provided to eligible attendees once they have registered.

Waged: $150
Student & Unwaged & First Nations: $75

The cost includes both accommodation at MBRS and food while there.

CAA Australasia welcomes contributions from archaeologists from across academia and the heritage sector; graduates and students; from experts to people who can chase down references or produce illustrations. If you are interested in participating in the Summer Institute you can register for attendance here -

If you have any further questions about the CAAA Summer Institute, please feel free to contact me at

Kind regards,
Simon Wyatt-Spratt

SIMON WYATT-SPRATT | Admin Assistant
E | W

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Garry Law

31 Lansell Dr Auckland 2016

64 9 2716505
O27 5665764
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Garry Law

31 Lansell Dr Auckland 2016

64 9 2716505
O27 5665764


Wednesday, January 15, 2020


Tuesday, January 14, 2020




Central China discovers earliest wheel ruts - Xinhua |

View the article + more on Flipboard.

Find your favourite topics on Flipboard. Download here.

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Garry Law

31Lansell Drive Dannemora Auckland 2016


What Lies Beneath: The Buried Ships of San Francisco

View the article + more on Flipboard.

Find your favourite topics on Flipboard. Download here.

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Garry Law

31Lansell Drive Dannemora Auckland 2016


Friday, January 10, 2020


A secret pyramid consumed by the jungle (Samoa)


Journal of Pacific Archaeology - Latest issue contents.


Decade-long beach access dispute at pā site in Oakura continues with complaint to Heritage NZ
A campaigner who has tried for more than 10 years to stop people accessing a Taranaki beach over a former pā site is hoping a complaint to Heritage ...



Wahine toa revealed as articulate

170,000-Year-Old Cooked Starch Found in South Africa  

Archaeologists Excavate 200 More Chinese Terracotta Warriors

Thursday, January 09, 2020


Discovery of unusual cemetery in Somerton offers clues as to standing of those buried there
The resting places of more than 50 adults and children have been found in an unusual Roman cemetery unearthed during building work for a new school in Somerset.   



"Deep inside the Bruniquel Cave, in southwestern France, there are a number of mysterious assemblages. Built out of broken and stacked stalactites, they form two circles, and half a dozen 'raised structures'…"


It is actually a review of Europe: The First One Hundred Million Years by Tim Flannery.

And, wonderfully, LRB access is free this week.

DJ Shadow's Sonic Archeology | The New Yorker › magazine › 2020/01/13 › dj-shadows-sonic-ar...


Jan 13, 2020 - Sleuthing through the New York Public Library's music and recorded-sound archives, the sampling whiz found the "Sophisticated Soul Man," Donny Osmond in German, and a band-camp record. ... And if Omar Sharif's work can fade into obscurity what hope remains for everyone else?

Wednesday, January 08, 2020


Tuesday, January 07, 2020


Monday, January 06, 2020



Archaelogical investigations of Pā sites on Waikato wetlands are about to start, using Maori traditional knowledge of the area and the latest Western technology to establish when and how the settlements were built.



Sunday, January 05, 2020


Saturday, January 04, 2020

Caring for the Country (Aus) - (Ed: but maybe eastern NZ with another 20 years of global warming)


Friday, January 03, 2020



Auckland's prized Hauraki Gulf islands are under siege from the sea setting archaeologists in a race against time to save important historic sites.


Flinders University

Scholarships available for study in 2020

Archaeology courses in Australia

94 international courses found, showing 1-10 below

Thursday, January 02, 2020


Live archaeology in the Bay of Islands again


2020 Symposium of Gastronomy & Food History

will be held in Hamilton at the world famous Hamilton Gardens

onthe weekend of the 1st & 2nd of February, 2020.

The theme will be Gardens & Gastronomy.  


Sunday, December 29, 2019


Another 10 best!

The remains of a Shakespearean theatre, 17th Century shipwreck and bones of Britain's first rabbit have been named among the top 10 archaeological finds of the last decade in England.

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Garry Law

31 Lansell Dr Auckland 2016

64 9 2716505
O27 5665764

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