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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Former Time Team expert sets out to rescue New Zealand's heritage | Stuff.co.nz:

Friday, July 29, 2016

16,000-Year-Old Tools Discovered in Texas, Among the Oldest Found in the West | Western Digs:

Day of Archaeology | Find out what archaeologists really do.:

Christchurch uncovered | Exploring Christchurch's past through archaeology:

“A healthy mind and human happiness"

How A Powerful Obesity Gene Helped Samoans Conquer The South Pacific | Gizmodo Australia:

Fossils Reveal That Modern Humans Were Living In China 20,000 Years Before We Thought They Left Africa | IFLScience:

Shift In Human Ancestors' Diet Earlier Than Previously Thought | IFLScience:

Shift In Human Ancestors' Diet Earlier Than Previously Thought | IFLScience:

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Māori 'rights' removed from unitary plan - MPs | Radio New Zealand News:

Future of Auckland unveiled: Unitary Plan to go up and out:

'Acts of cultural vandalism'

Property valuers have slammed the new Unitary Plan for "acts of cultural vandalism" against heritage areas and Maori ancestral sites.

Ashley Church of the Property Institute, which represents valuers, attacked provisions in the plan to delete building demolition controls for pre-1944 houses and the schedule of sites of value to mana whenua as "unnecessary acts of cultural vandalism".

Divers in Sweden sniff out 340-year-old shipwrecked cheese | World news | The Guardian:

Hearing topics 036 and 037Māori Land and Treaty, and ManaWhenua sites

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Expression of Interest: artefact analysis from a late Victorian urban residential site in Sydenham, Christchurch. Offers of service or expression of interest sought from students or consultants with experience in historic artefact analysis. Contact: Jeremy Habberfield-Short M 0224 987 254 / strataheritage@gmail.com.

Report to Auckland Council - Hearing topic 020 Viewshafts

Report to Auckland Council - Hearing topic 031 Historic heritage

IHP Report to AC – Hearing topic 009 Mana Whenua

Neanderthals in Germany: First population peak, then sudden extinction -- ScienceDaily:

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin - Museums win bid to keep antiquities:

Ed: Legal bid to seize antiquities to pay international debt related to terrorism compensation judgement.s'

Hong Kong’s sunken treasure: ancient anchor and cannon reveal our rich maritime history | South China Morning Post:

Greenough archaeological dig unearthing WA history - ABC News (

Shipwreck uncovered in Tasmanian storms revealed to be 160yo Canadian vessel | The Mercury:

ANU archaeologist inducted into British Academy | PressReleasePoint: "

Emeritus Professor Peter Bellwood. Photo: supplied.
To be inducted into such a prestigious group as the British Academy is a fantastic achievement for Professor Bellwood."

ASHA Conference Christchurch
Just a reminder that the ASHA early bird registration closes on 10 August & that paper submissions are also due before then. You can find more information about the conference here: http://www.asha.org.au/2016-asha-conference

Monday, July 25, 2016

Archaeologists lift old anchor and not-so-old purse from Wellington Harbour | Stuff.co.nz:

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Hunted to extinction - the Chatham Island sea lion | Our Changing World, 9:06 pm on 21 July 2016 | Radio New Zealand:

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Heritage Rescue:

 "A brand new Kiwi series, Heritage Rescue starts Sunday August 7th, 7:30 pm on Choice TV."

22 July 2016, University of Otago honours research leader, News, University of Otago, New Zealand:

22 July 2016, University of Otago honours research leader, News, University of Otago, New Zealand:

Bikini A-Bomb Test 1946 Turned Ships into "Radioactive Stoves:

Friday, July 22, 2016

Ancient bottom wipers yield evidence of diseases carried along the Silk Road | Science | The Guardian:

Thursday, July 21, 2016

GooBing Detroit – An archaeology of Detroit through Google Street View. Everyone wants Detroit to be an illuminating detail for the rest of the country. The reality, as it seems to insist on being, is more complicated.:

Rosanne Hawarden writes:1) This is on behalf of Sonia Haoa of Mata Ki Te Rangi Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Foundation. This conference  on Early Pacific Migration will gather international researchers who have an interest in how culture, language, and people/flora/fauna first spread throughout the Pacific region. The conference runs from 6-10 November, 2016 in Ubud, Bali.  For details see www.earlypacificmigration.org. Please register interest on the conference website by 29th July, 2016.
2) Sonia Haoa is also the convenor of the 10th Easter Island conference (see link for past ones)on Rapanu in 2018 and needs the support of the archaeological community for this forthcoming conference. She will be well known to many NZAA members. Do get in touch with Sonia directly at soniahaoa@gmail.com 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Present and Future of Curating the Past - The ASOR Blog:

Farmer finds Harappan ‘treasure’, triggers "gold rush" - Times of India:

Boom-and-Bust Water Supplies in Southeast Australia : Image of the Day:

Ed: Not quite archaeology - but a reminder about what a different place our neighboring continent is.

Australia artefact find divides Aboriginal clans - News from Al Jazeera:

Fromelles mass grave dig proudest, most emotional moment of archaeologist's career - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):

Archaeologist Dr. Murphy Describes A Night Of Terror In Turkey | Antigua Observer Newspaper:

“I said from day one Istanbul was a bad idea for this world heritage meeting!"

BBC South Today: "Unveiled to the world. Today we'll finally see Mary Rose without any obstructions for the first time in 471 years."

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Eight new sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List | 

Heritage NZ to mull submissions | Otago Daily Times Online News : 

Monday, July 18, 2016

New Mexico scientist builds carbon dating machine that does not damage artifacts | Albuquerque Journal:

Wine companies and Marlborough iwi Rangitane partner to protect waahi tapu sites | Stuff.co.nz:

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The heady nature of pseudo-science | Christchurch uncovered:

 "The heady nature of pseudo-science"

Heritage NZ looks at drones:

Friday, July 15, 2016

Bloody battle forgotten | Stuff.co.nz:

Kaikohe residents Marge and Martin Watts want people to know about The Battle of Ohaeawai that seems to have flown under the radar in the Far North.

Marlborough iwi Rangitane O Wairau 'outraged' by settlement with Heritage New Zealand | Stuff.co.nz:

UK's best bronze age site dig ends but analysis will continue for years | Science | The Guardian:

Redcliffs School .::. Welcome:

Check our the moa on the school badge.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Heritage New Zealand charges dropped against Marlborough landowners Haysley and Phillip MacDonald | Stuff.co.nz:

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Extinct sea lion discovery raises by-catch fears | Radio New Zealand News:

Otago University zoological researcher Nic Rawlence said the remote islands were once home to the sea lions that were driven to extinction by human settlement.

What Ancient Rock Art Reveals About A Wetter Arabia | Inside Science:

Exciting archaeological find in Muriwai estuary | The Gisborne Herald:

Attacks on World Heritage sites a war crime: UNESCO - ARCHAEOLOGY:

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New dating suggests younger age for Homo naledi | Science News:

Dada Was Born 100 Years Ago. So What? - NYTimes.com:

No one is an island: The history of human genetic ancestry in Madagascar:

Digging up anthropology’s past | University of Otago 1869-2019:

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Reconstruction of 12,000 year old funeral feast brings ancient burial rituals to life:

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Prehistoric Tattoos Were Made with Volcanic Glass Tools:

Harvard exhibition of Neolithic Chinese pottery | Harvard Magazine:

Friday, July 08, 2016

Christchurch uncovered | Exploring Christchurch's past through archaeology:

 "The Langlois Etevenaux cottage, Akaroa"

St James Theatre reveals hidden treasures and secrets of Auckland's past - National - NZ Herald News:

Harappan Workshops Excavated in Northwest India - Archaeology Magazine:

Mesolithic period: Climate change did not help drive technological innovation in Stone Age humans:

Mesolithic period: Climate change did not help drive technological innovation in Stone Age humans:

Wairau Bar: How it all began | Our Changing World | Radio New Zealand:

Wairau Bar: How it all began | Our Changing World | Radio New Zealand:

Thursday, July 07, 2016

2016 ASHA Conference:

The 2016 ASHA conference will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand, from 28 September to 1 October. 

Sailors leave ancient 'fingerprints' across Polynesia:

Archaeologists dive to save the disappearing story of how people first occupied Britain | Culture24:

Scientists use mass spectrometry to 'look inside' an ancient Greek amphora - Scienmag:

Scientists use mass spectrometry to 'look inside' an ancient Greek amphora - Scienmag:

Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust funding round now open. | Scoop News:

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Lottery Environment and Heritage committee grants | Scoop News:

"$260,000 was given to Antarctic Heritage Trust to conserve Sir Edmund Hillary’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition Historic Hut and artefact collection in Antarctica."

Major archaeological dig unearths the seedy underbelly of Melbourne 150 years ago | Daily Mail Online:

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Stone tools tell story of intrepid Polynesian mariners - Science News - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):

Teams Excavating Toilets Flush Out Thousands Of 18th Century Artifacts:

Ed: Sick of Victorian ceramics - look here.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

CFP:Appropriating Space in Colonial and Imperial Contexts (Aix-en-Provence, France,12-14 June 2017)

Friday, July 01, 2016

Kiwi helps discover Lithuanian escape tunnel used by Jewish prisoners in World War II - World - NZ Herald News:

Kura Tāwhiti | Christchurch uncovered: "Kura Tāwhiti"

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