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Big Read: TV archaeologist urges Tauranga to focus on the big picture

Mouthy and fun. Waihi Beach archaeologist Brigid Gallagher still gets a kick out of recalling two of the reasons why she was selected as a presenter …

New Zealand

Native Americans managed the prairie for better bison hunts

Hunter-gatherer societies may have a bigger ecological impact than we thought.<p>Layers of charcoal residue buried beneath the northern Montana prairie …

Anthropology

Old human remains thought to be pre-1930s Māori

Human remains have been uncovered just off State Highway 1, not far from the construction of a Horowhenua bridge.

Pacific rats trace 2,000 years of human impact on island ecosystems

Chemical analysis of the remains of rats from archaeological sites spanning the last 2000 years on three Polynesian island systems has shown the …

Five dames, three knights: Full 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours list

Five new dames and three knights are included among the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours list.<p>The full list is:<p>Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order …

Waka builder Hekenukumai 'Hec' Busby made a Sir

Hekenukumai "Hec'" Busby, 85, builds waka and passes on his knowledge about traditional navigation techniques at a school on his property in Aurere, …

Dame Anne Salmond fronts new historical series on Māori TV

MĀORI TV<p>Dame Anne Salmond fronts new Māori TV documentary series.​<p>Artist and activist Tame Iti, singer Hinewehi Mohi and members of showband the …

Costumes

Anzac graffiti 'from the end of the world' unearthed in ancient French cave city

A heavy wooden door opens onto a long flight of steps leading deep underground.<p>It is dark and cool in this large network of man-made tunnels, and we …

Archaeology

DNA sheds light on settlement of Pacific

<b>A study of ancient DNA has shed light on the epic journeys that led to the settlement of the Pacific by humans.</b><p>The region was one of the last on Earth to be permanently settled by humans who used canoes to traverse hundreds of miles of open ocean.<p>Two different studies tracked changes over time in …

Anthropology

New Zealand universities secure top scores in the QS World University Subject Rankings

New Zealand's universities have continued to place among the best around the globe.<p>Now in its eighth year, the annual QS World University Rankings by …

Homo erectus may have been a sailor – and able to speak

They had bodies similar to modern humans, could make tools, and were possibly the first to cook. Now one expert is arguing that <i>Homo erectus</i> might have been a mariner – complete with sailing lingo.<p><i>Homo erectus</i> first appeared in Africa more than 1.8m years ago and is thought to be the first archaic …

Rare Roman boxing gloves found near Hadrian's Wall

Roman boxing gloves have been discovered near Hadrian’s Wall, thought to be the only known surviving examples, even though the sport was well- documented on Roman wall paintings, mosaics and sculptures.<p>With a protective guard designed to fit snugly over the knuckles, the gloves were packed with …

Archaeology

Oldest known human fossil outside Africa discovered in Israel

A prehistoric jawbone discovered in a cave in Israel has prompted scientists to rethink theories of how the earliest human pioneers came to populate the planet, suggesting that our ancestors left Africa far earlier than previously thought.<p>The fossil, dated to nearly 200,000 years ago, is almost …

Anthropology

The mysterious tunnels beneath Buenos Aires

In 1985, Jorge Eckstein stumbled onto what would become one of the most important archaeological sites in Buenos Aires: a portal to a subterranean labyrinth.<p>In 1985, Jorge Eckstein, long-time resident of Buenos Aires’ historical San Telmo neighbourhood, purchased an abandoned mansion near his home …

Medieval Text Resolves Mystery of Viking-Irish Battle

The famous Irish king, Brian Boru, is widely credited with defeating the Vikings at the Battle of Clontarf more than 1,000 years ago. But not …

Archaeology

Researchers Are Trying to Figure Out How to Play This Ancient Roman Board Game

Despite all the plastic hippos, Pop-O-Matic bubbles and illustrations of Gum Drop Mountain, board games are not a modern phenomenon. In fact, whiling …

Dig Into This Archaeological Science Coloring Book—Complete With the Plague

Each page was hand-drawn by a scientist at the Max Planck Institute and features real research and archaeological projects (via Max Planck Institute …

A unique look inside Auckland's underground lava caves

CHIRAG JINDAL<p>The pictures will be on display until Christmas Eve.<p>Auckland is known for its many volcanic cones. Few realise that geologic history has …

Ancient DNA Explains How Chickens Got To The Americas

On Thanksgiving, as many as 88% of American households put turkey, a bird native to North America that was first domesticated by the Mayans, on their table. But a small fraction of us choose to serve something else — most often, chicken. Although the chicken is incredibly popular in the U.S., with …

The Conversation: How rising seas washed away part of Micronesia's history

At first glance it may not seem so, but the story of the now-vanished island of Nahlapenlohd, a couple of kilometres south of Pohnpei Island in …

The climate has changed before. But this is different – look at the archeological record

The United States government recently published the Climate Science Special Report authored by 13 federal agencies, which states unequivocally that climate change is occurring and it is caused by human actions. The report follows several months of uncommonly strong hurricanes caused by …

Climate Change

Archaeological dig reveals Auckland's early industrial history

Duder Brickworks in the 1920s, viewed from Lake Rd and looking over Ngataringa Bay to Devonport.<p>A "honeypot" kiln and a road with its surface covered …

New Zealand

Russian Scare Fortresses in New Zealand

Kiwis help reveal 'world's oldest tsunami victim'

Kiwi researchers have helped reveal what is thought to be the world's oldest known tsunami victim.<p>A new geological analysis of a site where a …

What did neolithic man eat after a hard day at Stonehenge? Sweet pork and rich cheese

Analysis of bones and pottery fragments shows special foods were consumed in feasts at the ancient site<p>Britons’ Stone Age ancestors possessed some unexpected talents, scientists have discovered. On top of their prowess in constructing great monoliths such as Stonehenge, they were also adept at …

Stone Age

Property developer appeals Auckland Council's decision to protect historic hall

MANDY TE / STUFF<p>Permission to demolish St James Hall has now been taken to Environment Court after resource consent was denied.<p>A developer is taking …

Spurred On: the battlefield maps that beat Google Earth

GIBSON GROUP<p>Google Earth didn't exist back then, but aerial photographs from World War One are proving just as useful a hundred years after they were …

Worrying Scientist Interviews

Geek Humor

Antikythera shipwreck yields bronze arm – and hints at spectacular haul of statues

Arm points to existence of at least seven statues from Greek shipwreck, already the source of most extensive and exciting ancient cargo ever found<p>Marine archaeologists have recovered a bronze arm from an ancient shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, where the remains of at least seven more …

Archaeology

World War II crash explored as part of the Auckland Heritage Festival

The crash site of one of New Zealand's worst air disasters has been uncovered in time for the accident's 75th anniversary.

New Zealand