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  • Lucy Cranwell, New Zealand's First Female Curator

    Thursday, 12 July 2018

    Dr Lucy Cranwell was Auckland Museum's first botany curator and New Zealand's first female curator. Ewen Cameron delves into her story and the accolades she received.

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  • Digitising moa

    Wednesday, 27 June 2018

    During July, several moa skeletons from Auckland Museum will be imaged and 3D scanned to make our collections, and their stories, more accessible to the public and researchers alike. In this piece, Land Vertebrates Curator, Matt Rayner, describes the importance of this project.

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  • Location, Location, Location!

    Thursday, 24 May 2018

    Auckland Museum has over four million objects in our collection. As you can imagine, keeping track of all these items can be quite a challenge!

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  • What's Eating Auckland Museum?

    Thursday, 10 May 2018

    Museums across the world are fighting a constant battle to preserve their collections, often competing with an abundance of pesky pests.

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  • Collecting the Kings Arms

    Tuesday, 8 May 2018

    Last month, Auckland's legendary performance venue, the Kings Arms closed its doors after nearly 60 years as a working men's pub and later as a live music venue. In this blog, our curator, Jane Groufsky describes the pieces they collected from this iconic venue and why.

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  • Rediscovering our archaeological collections

    Friday, 4 May 2018

    Lori Bowers shares her experiences of working with the Archaeological Collections at Auckland Museum. Material from archaeological excavations is diverse and has to be curated and recorded in a consistent way. Because of the quantity of material, the task can be repetitive but there are always interesting things to discover.

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  • Archaeological puzzles and the importance of prepositions

    Wednesday, 2 May 2018

    At any archaeological dig, there are all number of objects that help to build a picture of past lives. But as with a puzzle, a single piece is worthless, or may be a red herring; it is the correct linking of the pieces which forms the picture.

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  • Kurī in Archaeology

    Tuesday, 1 May 2018

    Convergence of this year’s New Zealand Archaeology Week with the Year of the Dog provides the perfect opportunity to highlight the Polynesian dog or kurī and its importance to archaeological investigation in Aotearoa.

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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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