2008 Field Season

During the 2008 season the University of Auckland team, together with archaeologists from UCLA, RUG, Leiden University, and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam carried a massive intensive survey of an area of Epiplaeolithic (7,000 BC) and Neolithic occupation under threat from modern agricultural development.  In an attempt be preserve as much information as possible, 98,000 artefacts were recorded in three dimensions (with three total stations!) included flaked stone artefacts, pottery, grinding stone, bone, and shell and approximately 40 hearths were excavated.  This data was supplemented by detailed geomorphological data creating a GIS database with incredible analytical potential.  A number of analyses have already been carried out with further results forthcoming.

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