This is a response to the article entitled 'The discovery of New Zealand's oldest shipwreck-possible evidence of further Dutch exploration of the South Pacific' published in Volume 42 of the Journal of Archaeological Science (pp. 435-441). It raises several issues with the historical and archaeological research component of what is primarily a dendrochronological investigation and radiocarbon dating of timbers from New Zealand waters. It details why the article provides no evidence or sound archaeological reasoning to support either of its claims that the timbers represent a shipwreck and that they are evidence of early Dutch exploration of the South Pacific.
- Early european exploration of the south pacific ocean
- New zealand
- Oldest shipwreck
- Radiocarbon dating
- Tropical timber
- Verenigde oostindische compagnie
- Wiggle matching