Professor Richard Walter

New Directions in archaeological science in Aotearoa

New Zealand Archaeology Week 2021

New Directions in archaeological science Aoteroa with Professor Richard Walter (University of Otago)

Join Professor Richard Walter, from the University of Otago, for an informative talk celebrating New Zealand Archaeology Week 2021. Professor Walter will be discussing how Archaeological methods have changed and how these changes can address some of the big questions in Aotearoa's history.

In this talk, Professor Walter will discuss some of the new scientific methodologies that his team at the University of Otago are applying in their studies of Aotearoa archaeology, and some of the new ideas and results that are emerging.

29 April 2021 - 6:00pm
Ōamaru Public Library

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