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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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  • 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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