Archaeology for the young & curious, a Heritage Talk for National Archaeology Week with Dave Veart.
Dave Veart, archaeologist, historian and author
Based on his book of the same name, David Veart will look back on a lifetime’s interest in archaeology starting (illegally) aged 9 with his mother’s garden trowel in a shoreline midden in Onehunga and describe his 25 years working for the Department of Conservation ending as the Auckland Area Heritage Manager.
While the main theme of the talk will be the archaeology of Auckland, work in places as diverse as Roman London and Niue will also be described and everything from moa ovens to the hidden aircraft at North Head will get a mention.
Archaeology is the study of humanity from the things we have left behind and we leave lots so there will be a little bit of almost everything.
Dave Veart’s biography
Originally Dave Veart trained as a lawyer and went on to teach in New Zealand and the UK. On his return to New Zealand in 1980 he retrained as an archaeologist and worked in that capacity until 2013 for both the NZ Historic Places Trust (Heritage New Zealand) and the Department of Conservation.
In 2008 Auckland University Press published his history of New Zealand cookery, First Catch Your Weka which went on to become a double finalist in the Montana Book of the Year awards. A second book on archaeology for children, Digging Up the Past was also successful winning an Honour Award at the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards in 2011. He has contributed to a history of Auckland’s engineering heritage, Evolving Auckland with chapters on Auckland’s coastal defences and the Auckland gas companies.
In 2012 he was awarded a NZ Copyright Licensing Ltd award to write a history of toys in New Zealand, Hello Girls and Boys which was published in 2014.
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