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Digging up the Past: Archaeology for the Young and Curious (Hardback)
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Digging up the Past: Archaeology for the Young and Curious (Hardback)

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Hardback 112 Pages / Published: 30/11/2011
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After noticing his dad's plough kept pulling up interesting stones and bones on their Wairau Bar farm, a 13-year-old boy named Jim Eyles, armed with a potato fork and a piece of number-8 fencing wire, set off one day and dug up a giant moa egg. He kept digging and found Maori adzes and the bones of extinct birds until he was being visited by leading museum directors from around the country. Through a lot of digging, a pile of curiosity, and often a bit of number-8 wire, archaeologists in New Zealand have been digging up the past beneath our feet for many years. In Digging Up the Past, archaeologist David Veart introduces young and curious readers to the story of New Zealand - from Pacific voyagers to contemporary crime scenes - that those archaeologists have discovered. Along the way, readers will learn about what archaeologists actually do - from digging up shell middens to testing ancient DNA. You'll even learn how to do a little archaeological research in your own rubbish bin (WARNING: stinky work ahead!). And readers will uncover amazing facts about our past: How Maori used kuri, the native dog, as a four-legged fridge; how warplanes were hidden deep within Devonport's North Head (or were they?); how DNA has revealed the number of people who first settled Aotearoa; and much, much more. Illustrated with archaeological evidence, scientists at work, and reconstructions to show what these lost worlds actually looked like, Digging up the Past will soon have readers out on their knees digging around with a piece of wire and a pound of curiosity.

Publisher: Auckland University Press
ISBN: 9781869404659
Number of pages: 112
Weight: 775 g
Dimensions: 265 x 235 x 29 mm


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"I actually defy anyone . . . not to be captivated by this. . . . Reading it's a bit like an archaeological dig in itself. I never knew what I was going to find and you keep wanting to dig on. I uncovered lots of really interesting stuff and I was left wiser by the experience." --John McIntyre, Children's Book Review, Radio New Zealand National (November 18, 2011)
"I certainly under any classification couldn't be called young and I found it a really good read. A good straight book which is very well presented, very well laid out, very lively reading and, I think, would hold a lot of people's attention because you are in no danger of being bored." --Harry Broad, Nine to Noon, Radio New Zealand National (November 24, 2011)
"This is an excellent book for young readers, linking some of our own important stories to 'how we know, ' and including some of the interesting technical stuff." --Nigel Prickett, New Zealand Association of Archaeologists (November 1, 2011)

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