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Katharine Watson

in Christchurch

Miasmas and Malaises


Katharine Watson is an archaeologist, currently doing her PhD at UC. She loves houses and people's life stories and - oddly - isn't talking about either of those things in this PechaKucha, but is instead focusing on the landscapes that have shaped the lives and health of the people of Otautahi/Christchurch. In her spare time, Katharine is the president of the New Zealand Archaeological Association.

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Documenting Sunken Ship Sites

@ VOL 7 ON MAY 14, 2015

Kelly Keogh, PHD, an underwater archaeologist for NOAA in Honolulu, HI, describes how artifacts become historical record which in turn can create connection with our stories and civilization as a whole. One shipwreck discovery, the Two Brothers, is signifcant because it tells more of the story that inspired the novel, Moby Dick. She indeed shows us how all of these discoveries coming from a remote reef in the northwest Hawaiian islands do have significance to us all.

"Presentation of the Day" on May 28, 2015.

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Unearthing Florida's Archaeology

@ VOL 33 ON APR 26, 2016

Sarah Nohe of the Florida Public Archaeology Network brings the state's artifacts from the Ice Age to life.  While excavting burial grounds and fresh water springs, acheologists found bones, fabric, and tools which tell the story of how humans and animals coexisted. 

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Digging into Louisiana's History

@ VOL 2 ON NOV 20, 2016

Chip McGimsey dives into Louisiana state’s 10,000 year human history, highlighting how we can work together to preserve that history and make our stories available.

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De Abnorme - billeder på dansk åndssvageforsorg

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 29, 2018

Talken er en præsentation af et forsknings og formidlingsprojekt ved VejleMuseerne, som forventes at starte i januar 2019 og afsluttes med en særudstilling i 2021. Projektet har arbejdstitlen ”De abnorme. Populærkulturelle fremstillinger af eugeniske tankesæt i Danmark i tiden op til og under Anden Verdenskrig”.


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The Art of Happiness

@ VOL 10 ON MAR 27, 2017

What makes us happy? Is there an art to human happiness? Join Flagler College faculty member Donny Brazile as he explores the history of happiness from Aristotle to advancing cognitive science. 

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Guld og Kaos

@ VOL 3 ON JAN 22, 2019

Mit oplæg handler om historien bag vores arkæologiske udstilling ”Guld og Kaos”. I år 536 e.Kr. indtraf en serie vulkanudbrud, der skabte en lille istid med en formørket sol, frost om sommeren – alt i alt voldsomme klimaforandringer som fik store konsekvenser for mennesker i jernalderen. Måske har de overlevende fortalt historien videre og måske kan trådene til Fimbulvinteren, optakten til Ragnarok – trækkes tilbage til lige netop denne tid !

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A Bone With an Unusual Story

@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

Clara Watson is an archaeologist at Underground Overground Archaeology. She completed her master's degree at the University of Otago, where she looked at the archaeology of the New Zealand Temperance Movement, before moving to Christchurch to work as an archaeologist. Her role at Underground Overground Archaeology is as an artifact specialist, where she catalogs and researches the many interesting artifacts found at archaeological sites in Christchurch. Clara enjoys examining the various weird and wonderful objects used by nineteenth-century New Zealanders and finds it fascinating learning more about Christchurch’s early residents. In her talk, Clara will be speaking about an animal bone that was found on a central Christchurch archaeological site. What at first seemed to be just another sheep bone turned out to be from a completely different species, one with an interesting history on its origins in New Zealand.

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London and Paris House: a Touch of Fancy in the Frontier City

@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

Jessie Garland is an archaeologist and artefact analyst, specialising in the material culture of nineteenth century New Zealand. Originally from North Canterbury, she spend six years working with and sharing the vast quantity of archaeology discovered in Christchurch after the earthquakes. She now lives in Melbourne, where she is pursuing a PhD in archaeology, exploring the ways in which the availability and use of goods in historic Christchurch contributed to the development and identity of the modern city. Jessie is fascinated by the relationship people have with things and the ways that we use them to construct our own worlds, as individuals and as a society. In this PechaKucha, she explores aspects of that relationship in early Christchurch through the hidden archaeology of the fancy goods stores and other shops that once stood to the north of Cathedral Square.

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Finding Emily Phillips

@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

The 1893 Women's Suffrage petition provides rare access to the previously silent stories of ordinary women’s lives in 19th century New Zealand. By researching one signature, Christine Whybrew will unravel a story of extreme hardship and extraordinary wealth that takes us on a tour of Canterbury's historic places. Christine ’s early career was spent working with historic photograph collections in museums and art galleries. Since 2009 she has worked for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga where she is now Area Manager for the Canterbury/West Coast region. Christine’s focus is on discovering and sharing the stories of historic places and archaeology.