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Compiled by Bronwyn Woff

The New Zealand Archaeological Association have announced their annual conference for 2017. The conference will be held in Thames, Coromandel Peninsula, North Island on 21-24 June 2017. Proposals for papers and posters are now being recieved, from topics across all aspects of New Zealand and Pacific Archaeology. And early-bird discount will apply for attendees who register and pay before 30 April.

For more information, please see: https://nzarchaeology.org/event/nzaa-annual-conference-2017




Department of Environment and Energy, Australian Government

The Australian Heritage Council is assessing Centennial Park, Sydney, for potential inclusion in the National Heritage List. The National Heritage List recognises places that are of outstanding heritage value to the nation for their natural, Indigenous and/or historic heritage values.

Please provide any written comments on this place by close of business 28 April 2017 to:
Australian Heritage Council
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601
Email: heritage@environment.gov.au

For more information, including maps and nomination paperwork, please see:  www.environment.gov.au

Image from:  https://psychedelictraveler.com/2015/04/22/centennial-park/    Accessed 25/03/2017


Complied by Bronwyn Woff

The Australasian Institute for Maratime Archaeology and Heritage Victoria are running an Introduction to Maritime Archaeology course on 22-23 April 2017. More details regarding the course (Part 1) can be found at http://www.aima-underwater.org.au/parts-i-iv/  

For more information, please contact Peter Harvey: Peter.Harvey@delwp.vic.gov.au .



AACAI NSW/ACT

Tickets are now on sale for the Sydney Historical Archaeology Practitioner's Workshop (19 May 2017). Tickets will be on sale until 15 May 2017 unless sold out earlier - book now to avoid disappointment.

The one day workshop is an opportunity for practitioners, students and those interested in historical archaeology to explore best practice, innovations and technology as well as recent historical archaeology projects in NSW. This year's theme is theme ‘views and interpretations – historical archaeology in NSW.’ The day will include keynote speakers, papers, practical demonstrations and discussions all related to current practice in historical archaeology.

Please visit: www.trybooking.com to book your seat.

Melissa Dunk

Atherton Chinatown is arguably one of the most thoroughly researched Chinese sites in North Queensland. The strong Chinese presence at Atherton was mainly within the designated area outside of the main township and over time, has not been subject to development. Several archaeological studies have been conducted in the Atherton Chinatown district from 1981 to 2015. The the majority of the collection related to this site were discovered in these excavations, but the collection is also made up of items that have been given back to the museum from the public, object which are presumed to have originally come from the site.



This complete bottle belongs to the Atherton Chinatown assemblage, which contains over 2,000 artefacts and is managed by the National Trust of Queensland.

The bottle’s unique identifier is the embossed Japanese Katakana characters that wrap around the outside of the bottle. These characters triggered my memories of high school Japanese class.

In studying this bottle, I was struggling to work out the bottles use and contents by translating the Japanese Katakana characters. These characters were key as it is a Japanese syllabary for non-Japanese borrowed words. The characters on the bottle were ‘ru-bee nir-ki’ and they didn’t make much sense to me. Was it a person’s name: Ruby Nurkey? Was I reading it wrong?

With a little bit of web assistance, I searched for Japanese bottles and different types of bottles, and my ‘ah hah’ moment hit. If you read the characters from right to left, as Japanese is meant to be read, it transliterates to ‘kirin beeru’.

The bottle likely held beer manufactured by Kirin Beer which was established in Yokohama, Japan in 1885. FOr more information see: http://www.kirinholdings.co.jp/english/company/history/group/01.html.



Michael Lever

The NSW Archaeology Reading Group will next meet at 6.30pm on Monday 10th April at Unit 94 / 120 Saunders Street, Pyrmont.

To satisfy participant demands for Historical archaeology content, theory content, and some Binford, I've dug out a couple of my favourite items to read, centering around the topic: Binford & Historical Archaeology

Be assured, they are not your characteristic slog through Binfordian hyperbole and hypothetico-deductive puritanism. They are relatively light & I think captivating reads, and also illustrate change in Binford over time.

The two items are:

1) Binford, L. 1977: 'Historical Archaeology - It It Historical or Archaeological?' Pp13-22 in L. Ferguson (ed) Historical Archaeology and the Importance of Material Things. Special Publication Series Number 2. Society for Historical Archaeology (USA).

2) Binford, L & M Thurman 1998: Conversations with Lewis R. Binford on Historical Archaeology. Historical Archaeology, Vol. 32, No. 2 (1998), pp. 28-55

If you have any difficulty locating either of these, please contact me and I will supply (michael.d.lever@gmail.com / 0413 564 995).




Collated by Bronwyn Woff

Members in New Zealand who are wishing to participate in the NZAA Archaeology Week (1-7 April 2017) activities can find an event schedule at the following link: www.nzarchaeology.org

Events include lectures, tours, walks, mock-digs for kids, exhibitions and displays, and open days. Please support these events which aim to raise awareness about the importance of archaeology to the public.



Caroline Spry, La Trobe University

All are invited to ‘Looking back, looking forward for La Trobe Archaeology’. This event, which ties in with La Trobe University’s 50th Anniversary, will connect students, staff, alumni and others, showcase La Trobe Archaeology’s capabilities and build pathways for future careers and research-industry collaborations. It will comprise a panel discussion on career pathways by alumni working in archaeology and cultural heritage management; discussions and demonstrations of the equipment and services offered by La Trobe Archaeology; and an opportunity for students, staff, alumni and others to meet, reconnect and create work opportunities and collaborations over light refreshments.

Please save the date, and stay tuned for more details:
Date: Friday 19th May 2017 (National Archaeology Week 2017)
Venue: La Trobe University, Melbourne (Bundoora campus)

Heritage Branch, Department of the Environment (Cwlth), compiled by Richard Morrison

The Minister, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, has announced that, this year, an extension to the current protection afforded only to shipwrecks, plane wrecks, Indigenous heritage sites and other underwater cultural sites, under the Historic Shipwrecks Act (1976), will be made under a new Underwater Cultural Heritage Act.

It was noted that this change will mean the historic sites will be registered on the Australian National Shipwrecks Database, and all access will require a permit, which acts as a deterrent to vandalism and theft. Additionally noted was that this would broaden and improve the protection of Australia's underwater history using the principles set down by the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, and it will also enable Australia to pursue ratification of the convention.

For further information see http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/frydenberg/media-releases/mr20161129.html         

Gabriel Moshenska, UCL Institute of Archaeology

This textbook provides a broad overview of the key concepts in public archaeology, research field that examines the relationship between archaeology and the public, in both theoretical and practical terms. While based on the long-standing programme of undergraduate and graduate teaching in public archaeology at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology, the book also takes into account the growth of scholarship from around the world and seeks to clarify what exactly ‘public archaeology’ is by promoting an inclusive, socially and politically engaged vision of the discipline.

Written for students and practitioners, the individual chapters – which can be read independently – provide textbook-level introductions to the themes, theories and controversies that connect archaeology to wider society, from the trade in illicit antiquities to the use of digital media in public engagement, and point readers to the most relevant case studies and learning resources to aid their further study.

This book is published as a ‘living book’ on UCL Press’s innovative digital platform. The first nine chapters are published in February 2017, with further chapters being added over the following months, to form an ongoing and developing resource on this fascinating topic.

Read it free online: https://goo.gl/NRaUkB