Tag Archives: Heritage

The destruction of archaeological sites

Right after development and artefact robbing, one of the main threats to archaeological sites is dirt bikes, or off-road motor cycles. Particularly archaeological sites in reserves are often at risk from dirt bike riders, if there are no expensive enforcement … Continue reading

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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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Bethlehem inculturated

Pounding rain drives us to walk faster along the medieval streets. Here Roman centurions were stationed, here Muslim and Jew lived in the West, here archbishops rode between palace and cathedral and scholars wandered through the world’s first university town … 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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