The excavations in Lawrence: A summary

We started excavations in Lawrence in April 2018, looking into the 'old' cemetery on Ardrossan Street (now privately owned land) and the unmarked area of the Gabriel's Street cemetery where Chinese people are believed to have been buried - there are some graves marked with headstones with Chinese characters in this area. European people who … Continue reading The excavations in Lawrence: A summary

The excavations at St. John’s Milton: a summary

The excavations at St. John's Anglican cemetery, Milton are where it all began for us with this project. Our site directors Dr. Peter Petchey and Prof. Hallie Buckley were asked by local historical group the Tokomairiro 60 project and the Anglican diocese to look into the extent of unmarked graves in the cemetery for the … Continue reading The excavations at St. John’s Milton: a summary

“So scant my fare, my bones are bare…”?

Today's blog explains some of the results of chemical analysis of diet in the St. John's Milton sample. It is based around the team's recently accepted paper in the Journal of Historical Archaeology. Extract from the Otago Witness 21st March 1868 (Issue 851), with one reader at least feeling very melodramatic about the lack of … Continue reading “So scant my fare, my bones are bare…”?

Preliminary site reports

Our first publications on St. John’s Milton, the rescue excavation at Cromwell, and Milton and the old and new cemeteries at Lawrence are now out in Archaeology in New Zealand (the New Zealand Archaeological Association’s magazine). You can check out what we’ve been finding in the pdfs below. St. John's Milton Excavation 2017 Download Petchey & … Continue reading Preliminary site reports