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Saturday, September 14, 2019


New Zealand history can be contentious, and some ideas are just plain wrong
Then there's archaeology. According to the New Zealand Archaeological Association, the country has a rich heritage of archaeological sites which ...


Friday, September 13, 2019


Found: A Windfall of Neanderthal Footprints in France

Bolivia is losing invaluable ancient rock art to wildfires

Fossil DNA Reveals New Twists in Modern Human Origins

Surveying archaeologists across the globe reveals deeper and more widespread roots of the human age, the Anthropocene

Ancient stone tools hint at settlers' epic trek to North America

Archaeologies of Island Melanesia »

Current approaches to landscapes, exchange and practice

Publication date: August 2019  
Free download.


Thursday, September 12, 2019



Wednesday, September 11, 2019


Auckland Heritage Festival 2019

Journeys – Explore the stories of how our people travelled to Tāmaki Makaurau to create a shared future together

From 5 October to 28 October  


C. Loring Brace - died September 7, 2019 (aged 88) \ 

In 1973 Brace was a visiting professor at Auckland University.


Public Archaeology award for iwi-led trust
A Northland iwi-led charitable trust has won this year's New Zealand Archaeological Association (NZAA) Public Archaeology award. The Arakite Trust ...  

Monday, September 09, 2019


Garry Law
31 Lansell Drive, Dannemora, Auckland 2016

+64 9 2716505 (Office)
+64 27 5665 764 (Mobile)





Enter the world of Tupaia – Tahitian high priest, navigator and artist.


Forthcoming book: The Cook Voyages Encounters: The Cook Voyages Collections of Te Papa

Forthcoming book: The Cook Voyages Encounters: The Cook Voyages Collections of Te Papa

A comprehensive guide to the objects associated with the voyages of James Cook held at New Zealand's National Museum

By Janet Davidson

Publication date: October 2019

By Janet Davidson
Publication date: October 2019

Not yet in print - but order-able.

Sunday, September 08, 2019


Developers who demolished Melbourne's Corkman Irish Pub have fines reduced on appeal

Saturday, September 07, 2019





Illegal bike tracks carved into historic Mt Victoria in Auckland
Turoa said the damage has been reported to Heritage New Zealand. "Tūpuna Maunga Authority staff and contractors will be closely monitoring all ...

Friday, September 06, 2019


Surveying archaeologists across the globe reveals deeper and more widespread roots of the human age, the Anthropocene  

Fossil DNA Reveals New Twists in Modern Human Origins Modern humans and more ancient hominins interbred many times throughout Eurasia and Africa, and the genetic flow went both ways.  

Tuesday, September 03, 2019


Monday, September 02, 2019


Sunday, September 01, 2019



Friday, August 30, 2019


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University of Otago, Dr  Siân Halcrow's research is focused on human health and disease in the past. She will give a talk as part of the Marsden Fund 25 Series on how chemistry of bone and teeth can be used as evidence for disease.


These two aren't exactly archaeology but..'s-Tahu-Potiki-a-true-giant-for-Ng%C4%81i-Tahu

Ngāi Tahu rangatira Tahu Potiki has been remembered as a great leader, with a passion for revitalising te reo and culture within the iwi

volunteer guides will provide free history tours of the 135-year-old heritage site, giving visitors a colourful glimpse into the wider area's busy gold-mining past.




Archeologists dive back into Franklin mystery in Arctic Canada

Arctic shipwreck 'frozen in time' astounds archaeologists

Figure of Distinction

In a Neolithic dwelling at the site of Çatalhöyük in southern Turkey, archaeologists have uncovered a limestone female figurine that is at least 8,000 years old.  



Use ancient remains more wisely

Researchers rushing to apply powerful sequencing techniques to ancient-human remains must think harder about safeguarding, urge Keolu Fox and John Hawks.  



The ancient Anthropocene, the mystery of the sweet potato, and how bananas became seedless
Kahn contributed knowledge from Hawaii, Micronesia and Polynesia to a ... many historical models suggest — is really an archaeology success story," Kahn ... She added that the Polynesian word for sweet potato does not have any ...


Thursday, August 29, 2019


 Detectorists find huge Chew Valley Norman coin hoard

A huge hoard of silver coins dating back to the aftermath of the Battle of Hastings could be declared as treasure.

Rare 1,200-year-old Pictish stone found near Dingwall

Archaeologists said the find is of national importance because it is one of only about 50 complete Pictish cross-slabs known to exist.





Photos: Voyaging conference explores Bay's historic sites
Heritage NZ Northland manager Bill Edwards said focus of the wānanga was Polynesian voyaging but delegates also discussed the interactions of ..

GIRT Scientific Divers
Background: A citizen science project for divers who love shipwrecks
The citizen science project Gathering Information via Recreational and Technical
(GIRT) Scientific Divers is a no-impact public archaeology program and part of a
PhD research project at the University of New England that aims to:
When: Sunday 24 November 2019
Time: 9 am and 3.30 pm
Where: Room 7, Bay of Islands North Tec
Campus, Kerikeri
Who: Andrew Viduka (maritime archaeologist, conservator and founder of GIRT Scientific divers) and Bill Edwards, (Heritage New Zealand)
Register at:

Wednesday, August 28, 2019




Legal challenge over Sussan Ley's decision to put potential mining jobs at Shenhua Mine before cultural heritage (Aus)


Tuesday, August 27, 2019


Keeping Whanganui's history alive is main aim for council candidate
You may know his boat, but now he wants you to know his name. And Sam Mordey intends to do that as he stands as a candidate in the upcoming ...


Friday, August 23, 2019


Follow the voyage

The Voyage began in Tahiti on the August 19 with the launch of the va'a tipaerua Fa'afaite. Using the celestial navigation methods Pacific voyagers have used for thousands of years, the crew will guide the Fa'afaite across more than 4,300 kilometres of open ocean to join the flotilla.

 Follow the progress of the flotilla on your device with this dynamic GPS and animated tracking 




Thursday, August 22, 2019




Research Fellow - Southern Pacific Archaeological Research

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, University of Otago.  


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Kathryn Hurren writes:
New Zealand Archaeology Week 2020 will run from 24 April to 3 May.
This will be the fourth New Zealand Archaeology Week. The event has been able to develop and
grow due to the wonderful effort and input from the archaeological community, heritage
organisations and tangata whenua. In addition, I would like to thank everyone who took time to
provide feedback on the 2019 event. The feedback that has been provided to me will be very useful
in organising future Archaeology Week events.
The basic objective of New Zealand Archaeology Week is to increase public awareness of
archaeology in New Zealand. Archaeology Week promotes the work of New Zealand archaeologists
both at home and abroad as well as promoting the importance of protecting our archaeological
heritage. The types of events that would be appropriate for New Zealand Archaeological Week could
include a special exhibition at a museum, public talks on archaeological work in New Zealand or
abroad, historic walks promoting the archaeology of a town, archaeological site visits and/or visits to
an excavation. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out the previous events on the NZAA website.
The NZAA has funding available to assist organisations with the costs associated with running
Archaeology Week events, such as printing costs, venue hire, etc. If you would like a little bit of extra
help with your event’s then please email the . The NZAA will review
each request on a case-by-case basis.
The website for New Zealand Archaeology Week 2020 will be set up shortly. Once online you will be
able to see what is happening in your area as events are added.
Area Coordinators are being formalised now. Presently I have coordinators for Wellington, Thames-
Coromandel and the Hawke’s Bay. I am seeking coordinators for Christchurch, Auckland and
Dunedin. In addition, it would be good to have coordinators in the top of the South Island, Waikato
and Southland in order to help facilitate and help the even grow in these areas.
Please contact me at for more information or to discuss
possible events and/or interest in New Zealand Archaeological Week 2020.
Nga mihi
NZAA New Zealand Archaeology Week Coordinator







Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Geochemical sourcing of volcanic materials imported into Teti'aroa Atoll shows multiple long‐distance interactions in the Windward Society Islands, French Polynesia


Friday, August 16, 2019


Crew to sail to NZ from Tahiti using celestial navigation
Press Release – Ministry For Culture And Heritage. A double-hulled canoe will depart Tahiti next week and navigate to Aotearoa using the stars, moon ...



'Magnet' fishing hobby hooks WW2 bomb on canal

Ed: Archaeology of a sort I suppose - but is the risk somehow aligned to the the treasure hunting ethos?


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