Death on the Goldfields

Preliminary report on excavations at the Drybread Cemetery, Central Otago

Authors

  • Peter Petchey Southern Archaeology Ltd.
  • Hallie Buckley Anatomy Department, University of Otago.
  • Les Wong
  • Charlotte King Anatomy Department, University of Otago.
  • Anne Marie E Snoddy Anatomy Department, University of Otago.

Abstract

This paper presents the preliminary results of archaeological excavations at the Drybread Cemetery in Central Otago, New Zealand. The excavations were the third phase of a bioarchaeological research programme into the lives of early colonial-era settlers in Otago, following investigations at St. Johns Cemetery in Milton and the Adrossan and Gabriel Street cemeteries in Lawrence. The Drybread excavation investigated 13 graves, 10 of which contained human remains, and five of these individuals were Chinese. This paper describes the site history, the archaeological investigations and the preliminary results including the basic details of the individuals and their funerary traditions.

Published

09-01-2023

How to Cite

Petchey, P., Buckley, H., Wong, L., King, C. and Snoddy, A. M. E. (2023) “Death on the Goldfields: Preliminary report on excavations at the Drybread Cemetery, Central Otago”, Journal of Pacific Archaeology. Available at: https://pacificarchaeology.org/index.php/journal/article/view/343 (Accessed: 7 February 2023).

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