Mangahawea Dig Tuesday 14 January 2020

14/01/2020

Follow the 2020 Mangahawea Dig week two with updates from Anna Maria Rossi, archaeologist turned Project Advisor. Today welcomed new whānau to the bay, researchers from the Radiocarbon Dating Lab of the Waikato University.


Early morning we welcomed to our whānau a team of researchers from the Radiocarbon Dating Lab at the University of Waikato.  They are here to help the archaeologists refine the chronology of the earliest settlement on the bay.  To achieve this they compare the radiocarbon differences between marine and terrestrial environments.

On site they selected some samples of charcoal material and marine shells from the same undisturbed archaeological context that will be analysed back in the lab in Hamilton. 

Two new trenches have been opened today.  The excavation of those will contribute to our understanding of the relationship between early horticulture, based on taro and kumara, and extensive potato gardens, which became prevalent from the 19th century.

And yes, the weather is a hot as it looks in the pictures, but we all consider ourselves so privileged to be here!


  • Welcoming researchers from the Radiocarbon Dating Lab of the University of Waikato

    Welcoming researchers from the Radiocarbon Dating Lab of the University of Waikato