Chinese Whispers: Visiting a Chinese Camp

Continuing our exploration of life on the goldfields for the Chinese, today our collaborators Les and Maisie Wong take us on a trip into the Chinese Camps of the past... ** note that in this tale Les and Maisie have transliterated directly from spoken Chinese, in which there are no linking words, plurals, past or … Continue reading Chinese Whispers: Visiting a Chinese Camp

Shopping for coffin decorations – how TradeMe helped us visualise colonial funerals

Today's blog is another from our excavation co-director and expert historical archaeologist Dr. Peter Petchey. Here he tells us more about the decorated coffins and how sometimes help in visualising the past comes from unexpected places... A previous blog entry looked at Victorian funerals and the decoration that was sometimes applied to coffins. As I … Continue reading Shopping for coffin decorations – how TradeMe helped us visualise colonial funerals

Beautiful Death – coffin decorations in colonial NZ

Today's blog post comes from Dr. Peter Petchey, our excavation co-director and expert historical archaeologist. Here he tells us about the Victorian penchant for making death beautiful, and what coffin decorations can tell us about the past. It is trite but true that the dead don’t bury themselves. Even if the deceased left instructions, it … Continue reading Beautiful Death – coffin decorations in colonial NZ

Telling the stories of our settlers, one by one.

This week we have exciting news, one of our first settler stories has been accepted for publication in the academic journal "Bioarchaeology International". It'll be published online in the next couple of weeks but for those who just can't wait - this week's article is our short, snappy summary of the study. Burial 21 is … Continue reading Telling the stories of our settlers, one by one.

Making Microhistories – New Funding for Prof. Hallie Buckley

This week we're celebrating success at Southern Cemeteries Archaeology. Our excavation co-director Prof. Hallie Buckley has just received a two-year James Cook fellowship from the Royal Society/ Te Apārangi to conduct in-depth study of the skeletons, and archival research relating to the project. Prof. Hallie Buckley, co-director of our excavations and recipient of one of … Continue reading Making Microhistories – New Funding for Prof. Hallie Buckley

Chinese whispers: The lure of gold during the 1800s

Today's post is the start of our 'Chinese Whispers' series giving insight into the life of the Chinese in Otago, written by Les and Maisie Wong from the Otago and Southland Chinese Association. Les and Maisie, as representatives of descendants of the Chinese goldminers, are sources of massive amounts of genealogical, cultural and historical knowledge. … Continue reading Chinese whispers: The lure of gold during the 1800s