Archaeology is a blend of sciences that have taken on a mystique that very few other disciplines have. Films have been produced, icons have been emulated and tourist paths have been created to honour the subject.
As a trained archaeologist and archaeological conservator Brigid has first hand experience that nothing quite prepares you for the reality of the subject like long hours in the field and in the lab.
Now cursed with a dodgy knee, an arthritic ’claw’ hand and frown lines from studying artefacts too long and hard, she finds exciting others about the subject and the sciences employed in its analysis and interpretations is equally rewarding…and essential for the subject to remain relevant to today’s society.
With the words, ‘if you find any gold will you share it with me?, have you found anything interesting yet? and ’found any old bones?’ resounding in her head, she returns of New Zealand with a young family after an 11 year absence. Having been employed by Auckland Museum in the mid 1990’s Brigid headed to the UK to get the ‘Indiana’s’ out of her. She also wanted to make sure that if she was ever to become a leader in her field she would know what it is to have walked the line, and done the time.
Most recently she has been a visible face and presenter on the UK television programme, Time Team. This has seen the synthesis of her two chosen disciplines on some of the most important sites in the British Isles, with some of Europe’s most eminent archaeologists.
During this time Brigid has also been lead conservator on the Catalhoyuk site in Turkey, manager of the largest commercial archaeological conservation laboratory in the Republic of Ireland and freelance archaeologist, conservator and finds specialist. She has taught at both Cardiff and Sussex Universities, and has worked in conjunction with University College of London, Cambridge, Berkley and Stamford Universities amongst others.
Passionate about the preservation of heritage sites, and giving a greater voice to the ones that did not make the news, Brigid sees this as an opportunity to get out the story of some of those sites, and current issues involving archaeology.
As a scientist of archaeological materials she sees the modern development of technologies and scientific applications as essential to further understand past populations. She also finds it absolutely fascinating to discover stories about sites and artefacts generated from data that the eye cannot normally see.
Having heard the line ‘we haven’t got anything interesting here’ many many times from general New Zealanders, Brigid would like to put the record straight. She hopes to observe and discuss what is going on in New Zealand, how we fit into the big picture that is the world; and if we got it, lets flaunt it.