Gracias Mexico! Hasta luego!

Month four of Global Archaeology was spent on the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. Jutting out between the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the north and west, the Yucatán is a popular destination for holiday makers. While most head to the famous Mayan Riviera on the eastern Caribbean coast, I was based right in the… Read more →

Excavating and eating in the Yucátán

The archaeology team I joined in the Yucátán Peninsula of Mexico are searching for evidence of ancient Maya gardening. At the same time we were eating home-cooked Yucatec Maya food for lunch every day. This mix of present consumption and past production really intrigued me. Some of the basic ingredients eaten in the area have remained the same for thousands… Read more →

Vinaka Fiji! Sota Tale!

It’s difficult to summarise my time in Fiji. As with many powerful experiences it consisted of long periods of inactivity punctuated by episodes of learning, interaction and observation. I arrived in the aftermath of the strongest cyclone to ever hit the Southern Hemisphere, Cyclone Winston, and this extreme weather event influenced every aspect of my visit. Fiji is a nation… Read more →

Sigatoka Sand Dunes: Rescue archaeology in Fiji

I traveled to the Sigatoka Sand Dunes with the Archaeology Department of the Fiji Museum to assess the impact of category five Cyclone Winston on the archaeological features in the dune system. We planned a walkover of the areas known to have archaeology to see if additional features had been exposed by the high winds and storm surges. Little did… Read more →

WWII Defences: visiting archaeology in Fiji

WWII never reached the shores of Fiji but the physical evidence of the nations involvement remains. Initially the major concerns were the German submarines targeting Australia’s and New Zealand’s supply ships on their way to Europe, and the defence of the trans-Pacific submarine cable that ran SW-NE across the Pacific from Norfolk Island, through Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu,… Read more →

Sevusevu: The Fijian kava ceremony for archaeologists

Sevusevu is a traditional Fijian protocol performed when visitors arrive at a village. Essentially it is an exchange of the gift of kava, a dried root pounded into a powder and mixed as a mildly intoxicating drink. I was very privileged to participate in four sevusevu while doing Archaeological Impact Assessments with the archaeology team from the Fiji Museum. When… Read more →

Two weeks in Tasmania

My flight from New Zealand arrived smoothly into Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania, but because of the late hour I didn’t see much except the impressive bridge that spans the mouth of the Derwent River. I made up for that the next morning by having a look at the Farm Gate Market and a Chinese New Year Festival taking… Read more →