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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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  • The remains of an ancient butchery revealed

    by Louise Furey
    Mon, 16 Feb 2015

    The archaeologists on Great Mercury Island have uncovered what they suspect is a butchery area. The animal bones and artefacts they've unearthed provide an intriguing glimpse on an ancient diet.

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  • Uncovering fire scoops at Coralie Bay

    by Louise Furey
    Fri, 13 Feb 2015

    After a day off mid-excavation, everyone was refreshed and ready to continue. At site EA64, to the south of the stream in Coralie Bay, we continue to expand the excavation area and dig down through the layers.

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  • What's under the grass at Coralie Bay?

    by Louise Furey
    Sun, 1 Feb 2015

    The 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. Auckland Museum archaeologist Louise Furey talks about the team's aims for this season's research.

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  • Excavation underway at Coralie Bay

    by Louise Furey
    Sun, 8 Feb 2015

    The archaeological project on Ahuahu Great Mercury Island is underway. Louise Furey posts from the island as the team plan the best strategy for excavation and where to gain maximum information about the site.

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