University of Otago

03/14/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/12/2018 19:05

The best of times, the worst of times: A biocultural investigation of 19th century life in Otago, New Zealand

The Best of times, the worst of times: A biocultural investigation of 19th century life in Otago, New Zealand (joint seminar with Centre for Global Migrations)

In the 18th and 19th centuries thousands of people left the Old World to take part in the gold rushes in Australia, the USA and New Zealand. It was both the best of times and the worst of times, with the promise of easy wealth but the risk of sickness or violent death.

Historic cemeteries provide a wealth of biological and cultural information to illuminate the lives of people during this time.

In this presentation we will outline our current research project based in Otago, New Zealand, where we have been investigating the health and diet of miners and early settlers, considering the development of New Zealander identity and the context of the landscapes in which they lived.

Date Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Time 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Audience Public
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Seminar
Campus Dunedin
Department History & Art History
Location Burns 5, Arts Building, 95 Albany Street, Dunedin

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