Pacific

HERITAGE NEWS: SS Macumba found

In October 2017, the Australian Government noted the discovery of the wreck of SS Macumba, sunk during the Second World War by Japanese air attack in the Arafura Sea north-east of Darwin. The wreckage has now been protected as a declared shipwreck under Australia’s Historic Shipwrecks Act. The merchant ship SS Macumba left Sydney, carrying …

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HERITAGE NEWS: New Commonwealth Heritage Listings

Googong Foreshores Cultural and Geodiversity Heritage Areas, Burra (NSW) were added to the Commonwealth Heritage List (CHL) in November 2017. Quoting from the summary statement of significance: ‘The Googong Foreshores Cultural and Geodiversity Heritage Area has been listed as an important heritage place because of its ability to demonstrate the region’s pastoral, Aboriginal, geological and …

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Call for submissions – EIANZ Journal Heritage Edition

A major part of Australian and New Zealand identity is made up of our spirit and ingenuity, our heritage places, and our unique living landscapes. Heritage is a legacy from our past, a living, integral part of life today, and the stories and places we pass on to future generations. The EIANZ has recently established …

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UPCOMING EVENT: Presentation by Dr D Schavelzon and Dr P Frazzi

The Australian Society for Historical Archaeology welcomes to Sydney Dr. Daniel Schávelzon (Director, Centre for Urban Archaeology, Argentina) and Dr. Patricia Frazzi (Specialist in the Conservation and Restoration of Archaeological Heritage) who have kindly agreed to meet with ASHA members on the evening of Friday 1st December 2017. ASHA extends a warm welcome to members …

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UPCOMING EVENT: Hometown Heritage Tour, China

Do you have a Cantonese ancestor but have never been to China? Do you want to know more about your Cantonese roots but don’t know where to start? Are you interested in learning more about overseas Chinese culture and heritage? You might be interested in the upcoming Chinese Australian Hometown Heritage Tour to Guangdong, China. …

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EXCAVATION NEWS: Whenuapai WWII aircraft crash site

A World War II aircraft crash site at Whenuapai west of Auckland was investigated in April-May by a team lead by Simon Bickler in conjunction with Auckland Council. A USAAF B17E flying fortress (‘Texas Tornado’) which had been on a secret mission to New Zealand crashed and exploded shortly after take-off for Laverton on 9 …

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EXCAVATION NEWS: Possible military site at Tauranga NZ

A possible nineteeth century military trench has been discovered during road work excavations at Tauranga, NZ. The trench and the musket balls found within it may be related to other known battle sites in the area, which date between the 1830s and 1860s. For more information, please see: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/325800/’we-expected-to-find-kumara-and-fire-pits-we-did-not-expect-this’

UPCOMING EVENT: NZAA Conference

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 …

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ARC SUCCESS FOR HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY

Historical archaeologists have been awarded three Discovery projects in the recently announced round of ARC-funding. The projects reflect the diversity of historical-archaeological research in the Australasian region, ranging from the archaeological vestiges of the Queensland Native Mounted Police, to the mining landscapes of regional Victoria and the Christian missionaries of Vanuatu. Details of each project …

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