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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.

Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc


Members may be interested in the following announcement from the EIANZ.

In November 2016, the Heritage Special Interest Section (Heritage SIS) was established following endorsement from the EIANZ Board. The purpose of the Heritage SIS is to:


Develop and promote knowledge about this specialised area of environmental practice
Advance the professional standing and recognition of heritage practitioners through the CEnvP Scheme.

For more information, please see the following link: https://www.eianz.org/about/heritage




ASHA and Interpretation Australia

Interpretation Australia and Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology are pleased to announce their joint 2017 conference: “Travelling Stories: connecting people and landscapes”

The conference aims to pull together folk with the ultimate aim of creating a greater understanding for all of the environments in which we live. This will be a conference with a difference, one that will travel in its venues from Launceston to Hobart via key natural and cultural heritage places through Tasmania!

Gretel Boswijk

This might be on the cusp (in terms of NZ timing) of what is considered Historical Archaeology, but ASHA readers may be interested in this new publication on using high resolution wigglematch radiocarbon dating. Palisade posts from a Waikato pa and construction were investigated, and were dated at 1768+-4 (95% probability). Article information and a link to the article can be found below.

Hogg, A., Gumbley, W., Boswijk, G., Petchey, F., Southon, J, Anderson, A., Roa, T., Donaldson, L. 2017. The first accurate and precise calendar dating of New Zealand Maori Pa, using Otahau Pa as a case study. Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 12, 124-133.

The article can be found at: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1UTMg,rVDBGCvC

Bronwyn Woff

The ASHA Blog Editor and the ASHA Committee would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the ASHA Blog.

The blog replaces the long-running ASHA Newsletter as a way for members to receive information regarding Australasian Historical Archaeology. It aims to encourage the sharing of information between ASHA members, members of the wider archaeological community, and the general public. The blog contains information regarding archaeological research, excavations and upcoming events, and will be the platform for posting our Artefact of the Month articles.

Each post will be tagged with topics as appropriate, and visitors to the blog can search using these tags under the Recent Postssection on the left hand side of the page. As yet, this option is not available for mobile devices. These tags include the region which the post refers to, as well as various broad topics, for example "Glass" or "Research".

Visitors can also subscribe to receive updates about the ASHA Blog at the bottom of the blog page.

We hope that you enjoy reading up-to-date information via our blog. If you wish to make a submission, please email your regional representative (the details of which are found here)  or by emailing the Editor at: newsletter@asha.org.au

Happy reading!

Bronwyn Woff
ASHA Blog Editor
newsletter@asha.org.au