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Friday, August 12, 2022

Separating the historic artefacts from the rocks! 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
Listen here to the latest edition of "Te Whatu Ora Southern Health" as Alix Muir, Senior Archaeologist from New Zealand Heritage Properties reveals some exciting discoveries made while monitoring the excavations at the new Dunedin Hospital site.
Two of the highlights so far are a shoe with the owner's initials ("S W") carved into the sole, and part of a teacup with the name Elizabeth written in gold lettering.
Researchers have deciphered enigmatic recipes for metal-making contained in an ancient Chinese text, revealing unexpected complexity in the art at the time.  Six chemical formulas are given in a Chinese text from 300BC known as the Kaogong ji. The manuscript, known as The World's Oldest Encyclopaedia of Technologies, forms part of a detailed archive of early imperial rule, which archaeologists have been trying to decode since the 1920s. 

NZAA members who have worked in the Thames - Coromandel area are likely to have met John Isdale, former curator/property manager of the Thames School of Mines.  Regret to advise that John passed away this week after a short illness.  Funeral at Twentyman's Funeral Services, Pollen St Thames SAT 13th August. 
[Funeral notice in NZ Herald to check time)
Just a quick reminder that early bird registrations for the ASHA conference close on 25 August, as do paper and poster offers. For more information, please see the conference website []. Also, the conference organisers are currently investigating the possibility of offering online attendance and hope to have more details about this through shortly.
Ngā mihi,
ASHA Conference Organising Committee
Waikato University is offering a Summer Scholarship looking at shell recrystallisation and its impact on radiocarbon ages of archaeological material from Lapita sites across the Pacific. The Scholarship is $6000 to support ten weeks of research between November and February.
The project description and information on how to apply can be found on the Waikato Scholarships website ( Look for Project 64 under the Division of Health, Engineering, Computing, and Science. 
All projects are open to applications from students currently enrolled at a New Zealand University in an undergraduate degree, final year honours degree, or first-year master's degree (taught papers only). The closing date for applications is the 20th of September 2022.
All inquiries to Assoc. Prof. Fiona Petchey (
Associate Professor Fiona Petchey
Director Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory
Registrations and call for papers for the 2022 NZAA Conference are now open. 
This year's conference will be held at the University of Otago in Ōtepoti Dunedin from 21st - 24th November. The conference theme is Archaeology and the Climate Crisis. All info can be found on the NZAA website conference page.
Publication Grants
NZAA has established two annual grants to support and encourage consultants to publish papers in Archaeology in New Zealand (AINZ) and the Journal of Pacific Archaeology (JPA).
How the secrets of ancient cuneiform texts are being revealed by AI

Buried neighbourhood found in Bennetts Lane (Melbourne)
GIRT course for those wanting to dive into archaeology
Divers with a passion for history and exploring historic shipwrecks will have the opportunity to hone their underwater archaeological survey skills in a two-day workshop to be held in Whitianga early next year.
GIRT course for those wanting to dive into archaeology | Blog | News and Events | Heritage New Zealand
Dive workshop to explore Coromandel shipwreck

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