Heritage News: Mary O’Keeffe’s work at Kapiti

This is a nice story about Mary O’Keeffe’s archaeological work on the Kapiti Coast on the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway for the NZTA, and the 200 new archaeological sites found during the project, which she says has been the real highlight of her career.
I was at a talk she gave recently, and the thing that impressed me the most was the way in which her very clear enthusiasm for her topic had rubbed off on the digger drivers and construction workers working on the project.  She talked about how they would come and fetch her when they found anything vaguely archaeological looking, and would be always asking for more information about what she had found.  Of course this was incredibly useful for her, to know that she had lots of extra eyes keeping an eye out for things for importance.  A real example of the value of positive working relationships with colleagues. The story is here:


(Image is from NZTA, with Mary holding up the tuatara bone that was found during the project by her archaeological colleague Yolanda.)

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