Mangahawea Dig Wednesday 15 January 2020

15/01/2020

Follow the 2020 Mangahawea Dig week two with updates from Anna Maria Rossi, archaeologist turned Project Advisor. The rain didn't keep visitors away from our open day or indeed stop the dig progress.

The rain that woke us up this morning continued on and off until early afternoon. This didn’t stop the many visitors that flocked to the site for the open day.  Some of them spent the night before on the many boats anchored in the bay.

The open day organised for the media and the public was a success from Matu Clendon’s karakia at the pou to the guided tour through the different areas of the excavations, and the little exhibition of the most significant artefacts that concluded the tour. 

With only three more days to go, the excavation works are taking a faster pace.  In area 6 and 7 we have reached the earliest occupation phases.  Within trench 7 we have uncovered an area with high concentration of moa bones that can arguably be associated to this early period.  

It is not the first time that fragments of moa bones have been recovered at Mangahawea.  However, the high concentration, the dimension of those fragments and the presence on some of them of what appears to be marks of butchery is exceptional. 

The day finished with Hans, our documentation guru, practicing his Germanic spear fighting. Archaeologists are interesting characters!
  • Filming the sieving process at the open day
    Filming the sieving process at the open day
  • Group of visitors briefed on arrival
    Group of visitors briefed on arrival
  • Filming the documentation of artefacts
    Filming the documentation of artefacts
  • The day finished with Hans practicing his Germanic spear fighting
    The day finished with Hans practicing his Germanic spear fighting
  • Archaeologists in action at the open day
    Archaeologists in action at the open day