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 Friday, August 19, 2022 

Rare taoka (South Island Māori treasures) arrived at the Lakes District Museum this week in the care of Dr Gerard O'Regan, Curator Māori at Tūhuru Otago Museum. On loan from the Dunedin museum, the artefacts "speak to our tupuna (ancestors') journey and occupation of this area" says Gerard. All are pre-European.
Human Emotions Revealed in the Oldest Known Burial Site

Beyond Neanderthals: Ancient DNA and the Denisovans
Zoom Webinar. Tom Higham 

In a cave in southern Siberia, DNA reveals that Neanderthals once spent time there, along with another group of early humans: Denisovans. Previously a mystery, with only fragments of fossils found in the Denisova Cave, ancient DNA has allowed scientists to genetically identify the Denisovans and uncover surprising new information that many modern humans have both Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA.
The Toitū Otago Settlers Museum has just released a 10 episode doco-series, Furthest Frontier II - Stories from Southern Fiordland, exploring the histories and archaeology of Preservation Inlet, Fiordland. See link below to the YouTube channel and episodes. 
Furthest Frontier II: Stories from Southern Fiordland - YouTube
This role involves the management of the museum's collections, including their care and preservation and the  management of the records and documentation pertaining to the collections. You will assist customers to meet their arts, culture, knowledge and heritage needs through access to the museum's collections as well as provide curatorial support and research for exhibitions and events.
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Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust Funding Round Now Open
Linguistics locates the beginnings of the Austronesian expansion – with Indigenous seafaring people in eastern Taiwan

JOAN MAINGAY OBITUARY Joan Joan MAINGAY Obituary (2022) - The New Zealand Herald (
Joan was an author of 51 archaeological reports in the HNZPT digital library.
 For a pic that captures Joan’s character and energy see here:1442 (1400×945) (
Te Tukunga pūtea ā-takiwā taonga tuku iho | the Auckland Council Regional Historic Heritage Grants Programme aims to encourage best practice and community involvement in the care of our regional heritage sites and places. The grants programme is open annually for grants of up to $50,000.
 Applications for this year's Regional Historic Heritage Grant open on Monday, 5 September, until Friday, 14 October 2022. Funding decisions will be made in December 2022.
 Who can apply for grants?
The Regional Historic Heritage Grants Programme is focused on sites of regional significance. To be eligible for funding, a project must meet at least one criterion for regional significance as outlined in the funding guidelines.
For more information on what projects we fund along with eligibility and the funding priorities for this round, please see the website.
The home of Colonel William Light, the first Surveyor-General of South Australia, and the individual responsible for the design of the Adelaide, has been uncovered during the excavation and demolition of the now defunct West End Brewery in Thebarton.

Link to Christchurch:
Adelaide is a sister city but the historic linkage is "Christchurch is one of a group of only four cities in the world that have been carefully planned following the same layout of a central city square, four complementing city squares surrounding it and a parklands area that embrace the city centre. The first city built with this pattern was Philadelphia, later came Savannah and Adelaide. The fourth city using this pattern was Christchurch."   
Source: Christchurch Central City - Wikipedia
Traces of 2,000-Year-Old Banana Farm Found in Australia | Smart News| Smithsonian Magazine


Separating the historic artefacts from the rocks! But new AI technology has just been developed at the University of Auckland that outperforms humans in distinguishing between natural rock and stone artefacts.
Separating the historic artefacts from the rocks! | RNZ

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