Rebuild uncovers trash 'time capsule'

RACHEL YOUNG
Last updated 07:43 23/02/2013
doll
TRASH TO TREASURE: A doll's head from the 19th Century has been found.

Relevant offers

Christchurch Earthquake 2011

$1.72m for as-is-where-is house Post-earthquake Christchurch 'occupied territory' What can NZ learn from Japan about earthquakes? Christchurch earthquake: A son so sadly missed Christchurch quake survivors 'bound by collective experiences' Christchurch earthquake: Destructive and murderous Christchurch earthquake: The tower twisted like a pepper grinder Christchurch earthquake: From red zone to dream home Christchurch quake: 'I thought you were dead, Mum' Centenarian sticks to her guns on home of 77 years

The story of how Christchurch's earthquakes led to significant architectural finds is being told on National Geographic's website.

On the second anniversary of the February 22, 2011, earthquake, National Geographic published an online story about what archaeologists have found in the city since the disaster.

A 19th century doll's head, part of a leather shoe, broken bottles, a ceramic bottle and a child's teacup are among some of the items shown.

"The earthquakes led to an unprecedented number of heritage building demolitions, many in the Christchurch CBD, a known area of pre-1900 occupation," University of Canterbury associate professor Paul Millar said.

What had been found in the last two years - from soda bottles and patent medicine containers to ceramic beer bottles and fragments of clay pipes - was akin to a time capsule from the earliest days of Canterbury, he said.

"It's funny all the things that turn up."

Millar said the New Zealand Historic Places Trust contracted Underground Overground Archaeology to photograph and document items.

Underground Overground Archaeology director Katharine Watson's team recovered the doll's head, shown on the website, at the site where stables once stood adjacent to the Zetland Arms Hotel in Cashel St, which had been built in the early 1860s, and rebuilt between 1901 and 1903 after a fire.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which memorial design do you like most?

Memorial Wall with a reflective pond

Table and Chairs

A Green and Peaceful Landscape

Call and Response

Riverside Promenade

A Curved and Inclusive Memorial Wall

Vote Result

Related story: Christchurch earthquake memorial designs unveiled

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content