Category Archives: Heritage

Bibleworld in Rotorua

Recently I visited a relatively small, but very good museum Bibleworld in Rotorua, New Zealand. It is one of the few places in New Zealand, where people can get information about Ancient Israel. While Bibleworld has several artefacts from New … Continue reading

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Those children of Israel of whom there is no memory

The apocryphal book of Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) contains a hymn to the ancestors of the Jews. It starts in chapter 44 Let us now sing the praises of famous men, our ancestors in their generations. The Lord apportioned to them great … Continue reading

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The beauty of the Holy Land

Above the Hebron Hills the first rays break through the morning clouds clothing the hillsides in a golden light. The limestone outcrops stand out among the sparse cover of Jerusalem pines and low grass. Soon the sun will shine forcefully … Continue reading

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Manger scene

The outlines of snowy mountains rise above the still lake. Stars shine in the cold winter sky. Candles flicker among some of the tombstones as we make our way down the steep cemetery steps. Here and there small patches of … Continue reading

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The old and the new

I worked on construction sites for the past few weeks and spent a lot of my time in Christchurch neighbourhoods worst affected by the Canterbury Earthquakes. Everywhere around me, buildings were shattered, windows were patched up, fences shut of sites, … Continue reading

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Disaster Archaeology

Christchurch 2013: Subsequent to the earthquake on 22 February 2011 the building at 1 Plover Street, Christchurch, was demolished (Figure 1 and Figure 2). On 14 October 2013 the New Zealand Historic Places Trust issued an emergency authority (2014/353eq) under … Continue reading

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Development and the destruction of heritage

The construction of new buildings, roads, utilities and farming ventures – development – undoubtedly brings the greatest destruction to archaeological remains. Not only does development destroy what may still be left in the ground, it also alters the landscape, so … Continue reading

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