Tagged: archaeology

3-D X-Ray is Big News for Archaeological Research - Digging the Dirt

Brigid Gallagher Sep 13, 2012

ArtInfo has released an article today which has me very excited, and thinking of ways it could be used in New Zealand archaeology.   Instead of having to consolidate (or glue together) a fragile pot, urn, vessel, or block of loose soil,  with low concentrate adhesives, co-polymers, acrylics and the like, And then slowly micro-excavate the contents inside by hand (with really small tools, … Read More

To Destroy, or Preserve? That is the Question on the Effects of Volcanism in Archaeology - Digging the Dirt

Brigid Gallagher Aug 16, 2012

In front of me a volcano is erupting.  This is a slight exaggeration…but from my window last Friday, I could see a long low trail of ash from White Island spread above the horizon, and small billows of white changing form where another burst of steam spews forth. I have been fighting the urge to go and buy a stronger set … Read More

New Evidence of Controlled Fire Use by Ancestors, 1 million years ago, at Wonderwerk (Miracle) Cave, South Africa - Digging the Dirt

Brigid Gallagher Apr 03, 2012

  Ask anybody today what the fundamental requirements of life are, and they will tell you….food, shelter, lighting, warmth, their iphone… Ask anybody in prehistory what the fundamental requirements of life are, and they may tell you….food, shelter, lighting, warmth… And for most of this, until recently, that meant fire.  Fire to protect, Fire to cook, Fire to see, Fire … Read More

Auckland Museum Research and Scholarship Medals, and the future Research Centre - Digging the Dirt

Brigid Gallagher Feb 29, 2012

During a night of celebration, expectation and promise at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Trust Board and key figures at the Museum, including the recently appointed director, Roy Clare, re-instigated the Auckland Museum Medal Awards.  Lauded as a return to the original intent of museums, to care for and conduct research on its collections, … Read More

Minimise the Pain! Archaeological field work techniques, Part 2 - Digging the Dirt

Brigid Gallagher Feb 17, 2012

In Part 2 of my crib sheet to help the aches and pains of archaeological fieldwork…                    3.  Hoeing – it is all in the abs! Forget the gym, this is the ultimate abdominal work out.  Whilst hoeing looks as though it is another shoulder and arm action, to get effective hoeing in anything other than sand, its the abs that need to take the … Read More

Minimise the Pain! Archaeological field work techniques, Part 1 - Digging the Dirt

Brigid Gallagher Feb 16, 2012

In December my youngest daughter turned 2. Whilst this is not so extraordinary, for me it feels we are at a major milestone…a point where she is making the transition from my baby, to my little girl.  She suddenly says everything at full volume, punctuates her feelings with a very big, growly ‘NOOOO’ and when you try to help her … Read More

Victoria Park Tunnel Pistol found Not Guilty - Digging the Dirt

Brigid Gallagher Nov 17, 2011

Earlier this year I wrote ‘Criminal minds brings archaeology into mainstream news’ as I was amused by the insight into mainstream media mentality.  The possibility of an unsolved ‘ancient’ murder catapulted the archaeology being conducted as part of the Victoria Park Tunnel development into the NZ Herald, rather than the story of Auckland’s early occupants being the driving force. Read More

GeoCities site to be excavated as the ‘Digital Pompeii’ - Digging the Dirt

Brigid Gallagher Oct 02, 2011

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/29523075[/vimeo] If you are you are anything like me and you cannot bear to throw anything away from your inbox…this might be the excuse you are looking for.  The now defunct GeoCities platform has been revisualised as a city map with neighbourhoods and property sites.  35 million people used GeoCities from 1999 to Oct 27 2009, and on that date the Archive … Read More

Loss of Earthquake Insurance for Heritage – SIGH! - Digging the Dirt

Brigid Gallagher Sep 30, 2011

The incredibly useful and interesting eNews from NZ Archaeology’s Garry Law was in my inbox this morning when I ‘turned on’.  Top of the list is the article; Biggest Insurer of Church and Heritage site ends Earthquake Cover.  It is a New Zealand Herald report from this morning, see here I am thinking ‘SIGH’. I am not going … Read More