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  • Archaeology beneath our feet

    Monday, 30 April 2018

    In the late 1980s, archaeologists uncovered the remnants of a small Queen street jail. As they dug deeper, a trove of artefacts were discovered revealing a rich history dating back 5-600 years. In this blog, Archaeology Curator, Louise Furey explains how these finds have helped to understand the occupation of this land throughout history.

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  • Archaeology on the maunga of Tāmaki Makaurau

    Monday, 30 April 2018

    In this piece, Archaeology Curator Louise Furey explains how archaeological work on Auckland's volcanic cones has given important insights into how these distinctive landscape features were utilised by Māori.

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  • Far away but not forgotten

    Tuesday, 24 April 2018

    Malta received thousands of sick and wounded New Zealanders in the First World War and many didn't make it off the island. Find out more about this tragic history.

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  • Back to the Future in Northland

    Tuesday, 17 April 2018

    Last month, a team from Auckland Museum joined Ngāti Kuri in a bioblitz at the top of the North island. In this blog, Otago Lecturer in Ancient DNA, Nic Lawrence describes how iwi, scientists, kids and educators worked together to uncover this lost world.

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  • Help us identify service personnel

    Monday, 16 April 2018

    Combining a keen eye and solid research skills we sometimes find success, but more often than not we can't definitively name all of those pictured. This is where the public can help us

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  • Pip, Squeak and Wilfred: The trio that still raises a grin

    Monday, 9 April 2018

    Longtime volunteer, Janet Anderson, often assists our visitors to explore the medal collection in our Memorial Discovery Centre. Her favourite story is about Pip, Squeak and Wilfred, the three service medals given to WWI soldiers. In this blog, she explains the origin of these nicknames and the significance of each medal.

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  • A Close Shave

    Friday, 6 April 2018

    Ernest William Welch's shaving kit proved to be a life-saver when he stationed as a solider on the Somme in World War One.

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  • Bathing caps & beach balls: call for objects

    Thursday, 5 April 2018

    Auckland Museum needs your help! We are currently looking to borrow or acquire objects with a strong connection to recreation activities on Pt Chevalier Beach, for use in a new exhibition next year.

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  • Why I do it: Janet Anderson

    Thursday, 29 March 2018

    Long-time volunteer, Janet Anderson, has worked at our Memorial Discovery Centre for over five years. In this blog, we asked her why she does it?

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  • Untangling the threads

    Wednesday, 21 March 2018

    Over the next two years, we’ll be working with some of Aotearoa’s most accomplished weavers to enrich the taonga Māori collection as part of our Te Awe project. In this blog, our Associate Curator Māori, Bethany Edmunds explains the kaupapa of the Te Awe project to improve our understanding, care and access of these treasured objects and more.

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