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Avant-garde archaeology

Friday 25 October 2019 4:05pm

Karen Greig and Richard Walter imageThe application of cutting-edge technology is revolutionising what archaeology can tell us about the past.

Professor Richard Walter and Dr Karen Greig (Archaeology) share an interest in past interactions between people, animals and their environment. Applying the latest scientific techniques in pursuit of this interest, they are helping to take archaeology into the 21st century.

“We have a range of different projects using emerging technologies that are producing answers to questions that have been intractable using traditional methods,” Greig says, “but also raise the potential to ask new questions that we haven’t even thought of yet.”

She says that, in New Zealand, one of the big questions is understanding the interactions between early Māori communities and their ecosystems, including the question of moa extinction.

Read the complete feature in Otago Magazine, Issue 49:
Avant-garde archaeology