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Waikato's Radiocarbon Dating Research

Weipa shell mounds project (Photo courtesy Tim Mackrell, Auckland University).

The Waikato Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory is involved in research projects around the globe, which cover a diverse range of radiocarbon dating topics/areas. Current projects involve researching the history of Arnhem Land ancestral sites in northern Australian, surveying and excavating shell mounds across Cape York Peninsular, studying the high-resolution store of information about past environmental conditions from sub-fossil kauri logs and identifying how Asian civilisations emerged.

Our research takes us all over New Zealand and the world to areas such as southern China, northern Australia, and Southeast Asia. Collaboration with internationally and nationally renowned researchers from world-class tertiary institutions/laboratories including the University of Oxford (UK), the University of Exeter (UK), Macquarie University (Victoria, Australia), and Université de Savoie (France), the Gondwana Tree Ring Laboratory (Canterbury, NZ), as well as the University of Auckland and the University of Otago in New Zealand, ensure the Waikato Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory remains at the cutting-edge of the field.