This coming week the blog will be a little bit different because we’re taking part in New Zealand Archaeology Week. Hooray! Normally Archaeology Week involves a series of talks and workshops around the country, with archaeologists giving the public some hands-on insight into what we’re doing. This year, rather than hosting public events, archaeology week has gone online. We might be in lockdown, but the New Zealand Archaeological Association still wants to introduce people to the archaeology happening around the country – and that’s where we come in!
We’ve decided to use the Archaeology Week spotlight to shine a light on some of the people whose stories often don’t get told in the history books. Specifically we’re going to be looking at the children of the colonial period. In the past, especially in Victorian times, children were seen and not heard, and their important stories were often lost. If you read the history books sometimes it seems as though society was only populated by middle class men… women are barely mentioned, and children may as well be invisible. But even though children may have been little in stature, their lives were certainly not of little importance! Children give us an important window on the health of populations, family life, values and culture. Their stories deserve to be told, and that’s what we aim to do.
So stay tuned, because from this Monday (27th April), Southern Cemeteries Archaeology will be posting new content EVERY DAY in a blog series called Little Lives, focusing on children in colonial New Zealand. So sit back and enjoy, as we bring colonial archaeology into your bubbles…
Charlotte King, 24th April 2020