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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Petition · ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt: Join the fight to save Pacific Studies at the ANU! · Change.org:

Atlas of Prehistoric Australia:

30 May 2016, Unique forensic study of early Otago farmers proposed, News, University of Otago, New Zealand:

Monday, May 30, 2016

'Great closure' for Auckland family as WWII sub found on sea floor | ONE News Now | TVNZ:

Descendants welcome the return of Māori heads to New Zealand – video | World news | The Guardian:

Christchurch uncovered | Exploring Christchurch's past through archaeology:

Native Americans Decry the Auctioning-Off of Their Heritage in Paris | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian:

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Eating the shore: New Zealand's shrinking coastline | Stuff.co.nz:

Friday, May 27, 2016

Canterbury Museum's Rewi Alley Collection goes online | Stuff.co.nz:

Gertrude Bell: Archaeologist, secret agent, anti-suffragette, femme fatale - Daily Sabah:

Alert Newsletter 910 « Alert Newsletter « News « Royal Society of New Zealand:

 "2016 Skinner Fund recipients

The Royal Society of New Zealand received 17 applications for grants from the 2016 Hutton Fund and has awarded grants.........."

'Eye-watering' scale of Black Death's impact on England revealed | Science | The Guardian:

Ancient Chinese beer recipe reveals surprising ingredient | Science | AAAS:

Is this Greek hilltop the 2,400-year-old burial place of Aristotle? | World news | The Guardian:

Archaeology must open up to become more diverse | Culture professionals network | The Guardian:

Neanderthals built mysterious cave structures 175,000 years ago | Science | The Guardian:

Ancient genetic links revealed | Otago Daily Times Online News : 

(1) Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa:

Today we are welcoming the remains of 60 Māori and Moriori tūpuna (ancestors) onto our Marae, returning to Aotearoa from museums and private collections overseas. 

Rewi Alley art collection goes online | Nine To Noon, 11:22 am on 24 May 2016 | Radio New Zealand:

Monday, May 23, 2016

Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari:

"Explore a virtual Hauraki Gulf"  Includes historic heritage layers

Turkey: 5,000-year-old Kurgan tomb of Bronze Age warrior discovered in Istanbul

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Queen's Speech UK: the key points:

"Planning rules

Requirements that force developers to carry out archaeological and wildlife surveys before starting  housing projects are to be swept away .......

Frozen Scythian stallions unravel mysteries of horse domestication | Science | AAAS:

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Timing the Anthropocene | Our Changing World | Radio New Zealand:

Rising Seas are Swamping Our Archaeological Heritage - Scientific American Blog Network:

Friday, May 20, 2016

Next stop on Rome's new underground: Hadrian's barracks | Science | The Guardian:

Port Arthur archaeological dig uncovers convict pastimes - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):

Discovery of 40,000-year-old Aboriginal artefacts puts Rio Tinto Pilbara mine expansion on hold - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):

The world is your oyster – a tale of talking molluscs, bar brawls and Victorian vice… | Christchurch uncovered:

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Israeli divers find largest trove of Roman shipwreck treasure in decades:

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Excavation finds early Shakespeare theatre was rectangular | Stage | The Guardian:

Bridging the Pearl River Delta : Image of the Day:

Your editor could not resist this extraordinary bit of engineering. And even less archaeological it recalled this.

How London became Britain's capital has been revealed for the first time | Archaeology | News | The Independent:

"Differing dietary strategies of Neanderthals and Upper Palaeolithic Homo sapiens"

Quakes expose hidden artefacts in Christchurch | Radio New Zealand News:

Study sheds light on ancient Roman water system in Naples | Popular Archaeology -

HS2 and homebuilding schemes 'at risk of delay' over archaeologist shortage | Daily Mail Online: "Britain is running out of archaeologists "

Sinkhole discovery suggests humans were in Florida 14,500 years ago | Science | The Guardian:

Saving the Last of Maurice K. Smith | Auckland Council - YouTube:

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Oil company awarded costs - taranaki-daily-news | Stuff.co.nz:

Heritage NZ ordered to pay oil company 120k | Radio New Zealand News:
Ed: The case is Environment Court Decision [2016] NZEnvC 11 ... appeal pursuant to section 58 of the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 between Greymouth Petroleum Ltd and Heritage New Zealand. (Interim because it did not set authority conditions or assign costs - it has now done the latter as the newspapers report.)

Worth reading by heritage professionals as it shows the court's view of the archaeological provisions. "... we find that the purpose of Subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Act  is to protect the integrity of archaeological sites which persons seek to modify or destroy, not to protect the wider cultural landscape." Para [43].

The court's considerations on dealing with traditional knowledge of sites where the location is undisclosed is also of interest.

The costs award reflects that in the court's view, HNZ wrongly declined an authority on its misinterpretation of its Act and the procedural errors it made.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Council asked to employ heritage officer | Otago Daily Times Online News 

Council asked to employ heritage officer | Otago Daily Times Online News 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Egypt 'suppressing truth' over hidden chambers in Tutankhamun’s tomb | Culture | The Guardian:

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Major repatriation of Maori and Moriori remains on horizon | Stuff.co.nz:

"Te Papa is making preparations for the return of ancestral remains from collections and museums in the United Kingdom and the United States,"

Long wait for One Tree Hill replanting ends | Stuff.co.nz:

Friday, May 13, 2016

Councillors support gas works site plan | Otago Daily Times Online News : 

Paleoscatologists dig up stools 'as precious as the crown jewels' | Guardian Careers | The Guardian:

Ancient Egyptian coffin found to hold youngest known mummified foetus | Science | The Guardian:

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

NZ Book Awards | Radio New Zealand News:

"Historian Judith Binney, who died in 2011, was posthumously awarded the illustrated non-fiction award, along with her co-authors Aroha Harris and Atholl Anderson, for Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History."

Oldest known axe discovered in Australia, claim researchers | Science | The Guardian:

Historic Fiji town tries to recover from Cyclone Winston | Radio New Zealand News:

Public research workshop to reveal southern home history secrets | Stuff.co.nz:


Blenheim conference -

Please note the extension of the
deadline to submit papers to 31 May

Papers Co-ordinator   papers@nzarchaeology.org

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Archaeology, Courses and degrees, La Trobe University:

Monday, May 09, 2016

Archeologists clash over King Tutankhamun tomb theory at Egyptian conference - Technology & Science - CBC News:

Friday, May 06, 2016

Facebook:Understanding archaeology

Genetic impacts of crop domestication | Our Changing World | Radio New Zealand:

Rengarenga lily

No, Captain Cook's Ship Hasn't Been Found Yet:

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Stanford's 'robo-mermaid' discovers treasure at wrecked ship - NY Daily News:

Bodies beneath Queen Victoria Market could unearth treasures from our past:

Scientists Examine Aircraft Carrier, Declassified Documents - Archaeology Magazine:

New part of Heritage Village open at Mystery Creek | Stuff.co.nz:

The NSC Archaeological Field School - ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute:

 Announcement and Call for Applicants

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 NSC Archaeological Field School will take place in Cambodia and Singapore between 20 Nov – 15 Dec 2016.  "

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Experience Ihumātao. Explore the shifting boundaries between geology, archaeology, and cultural landscapes. Auckland event 11 June

Experience Ihumātao. Explore the shifting boundaries between geology, archaeology, and cultural landscapes. Auckland event 11 June

Captain Cook's Endeavour, on which he explored New Zealand, found off USA | Stuff.co.nz:

Monday, May 02, 2016

Petone Settlers Museum original features uncovered during upgrade | Stuff.co.nz:


Aus visitors - NSW events May 13-15.'

NZAA Conference Event  23 June Blenheim

SAVVY Express 15 Minute Media Training.
As part of this year’s conference there is an opportunity for media training with Science Media SAVVY Express -- 15 min media training for researchers, linked is a flyer providing more information. 
The Science Media Centre will be offering free, one-on-one rapid media training sessions in a relaxed and supportive environment through its SAVVY Express programme.Signup is here

Push for Burrup site to get UNESCO heritage status - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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