Follow our excavations We visit the island three times a year to carry out excavations and survey. February is the main excavation period of three weeks, when the weather is generally settled, and is held in conjunction with the University of Auckland's Anthropology Department Fieldschool where Stage II and III students learn how to excavate and carry out recording. We also visit the island during June and November. 2015The 2015 fieldwork season has kicked off on Ahuahu Great Mercury Island. This time the research team is back to excavate an eroding site in Coralie Bay on the eastern side of a tombolo. Read more 2014During the February 2014 fieldwork season the research team focused on surveying the large-scale garden features and related living areas which had been identified in 2013.Read more 2013The 2013 field season focused on Te Mataku, Tamewhera. and Stingray Ridge where the team uncovered evidence of occupation. Read more 2012During two field trips the researchers and students investigated sites where gardening and cooking activities took place. Read more Follow the excavation on Twitter During the excavation season you can follow updates from the researchers on the island as they happen. Follow #fs15gmi and #gmiproject for more.