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Archaeology Week is coming and we’re diggin’ it

Published: 26 April 2018
  • Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 7-A11880
  • David Veart

Have we got an Indiana Jones in the audience?

NZ Archaeology Week kicks off on Saturday 28 April with a ton of tours, exhibitions and talks to unearth your love for history. We’ve chosen a few highlights for you to check out.

Head over to Auckland's Central City Library for author-archaeologist David Veart’s talk Digging Up the Past: Archaeology for the Young & Curious, based on his book of the same name.

Discover Auckland’s archaeological secrets from moa ovens to the hidden aircraft of North Head and Veart’s very first – illegal – dig in a shoreline midden in Onehunga. (Archaeologist age: 9. Tools: Mum’s trowel). Plus, hear overseas archaeology stories in Roman London, Niue and beyond.  

Later, swing by Peter Crossley’s session, Visualising & preserving our lava caves. Between 500 and 50,000 years old, Auckland’s lava caves have had an eventful history, from prime spots where moas took a plunge to Māori burial caves. Peter will take eager archaeology fans through the varied and changing techniques used to preserve our heritage.

On your way out, don’t miss Central City Library’s display of artefacts and relics from our city’s history.  

Rock on archaeology

Not to be missed is the tour of Michael Joseph Savage’s memorial and mausoleum at Bastion Point. Play at being a real archaeologist – clamber down into the gun pits, walk the tunnels under the memorial gardens and uncover the mystery of exactly where our former prime minister is interred.

Check out NZ Archaeological Association for more activities and talks on in archaeology week.