The Auckland lava caves are between 500 and 50,000 years old. They are not big in world standards but they were used by moa to fall into, Māori as burial caves and later as suburbia overtook the isthmus by Aucklanders, as rubbish holes or nasty things which delayed developers.
Our techniques for recording the caves have changed astronomically over the decades from sketch pads to the latest computer toys. This talk will be a wide-ranging journey through the different techniques and changing values used to preserve there interesting parts of our heritage.
Peter has been exploring and documenting Auckland’s lava caves for 50 years. This was coupled with the fortune of joining the Auckland University as a technician in Geography, now Environment. Part of the work included geology and cave studies.
Since retiring he is now almost full time liaising with other cave researchers and enthusiasts to preserve the caves from being destroyed.
Dave Veart will also be presenting a HeritageTalk, Digging up the past, for National Archaeology Week earlier on in the day (12noon – 1pm).
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