Women in Archaeology A national Archaeology Week event


Women’s history is hidden history. Official histories, records and publications usually chart men’s lives. Archaeology is one of the ways we can uncover the female perspective by finding out what women in the past owned, did with their bodies, created, and consumed.

The UC Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga are hosting an amazing line-up of six female archaeologists, who will talk and answer questions on how archaeology can reveal women’s hidden histories. Join us to hear about women in the Mithraic cult, Iberian pre-history, and colonial Christchurch. 

because this year is the 125th anniversary of New Zealand women winning the vote, the conversation will also focus on the personal and professional decisions of our female archaeologists. In the first half, oral historian Rosemary Baird will engage three of our archaeologists in a frank discussion about the why and how of their careers. The second half features a "show and tell" artefact session of post-earthquake artefacts relating to Canterbury women, followed by an illustrated talk on the international history of female archaeologists.

Part of the nationwide NZAA Archaeology Week programme, this free event has a limit of 60 seats, so be sure to book quickly. Guests will also invited to explore the Teece Museum’s new exhibition Beyond the Grave: Death in ancient times (opening 5 May) during the intermission.

For the full programme of NZ Archaeology Week 2018, please see https://nzarchaeology.org/news-events/national-archaeology-week.

Event Details


  • Sunday 6 May
  • 7.00pm


Teece Museum of Classical Antinquities 3 Hereford Street, Christchurch (access via Arts Centre South Quad)


Tickets available - see www.canterbury.ac.nz