What was revealed
Excavation work led to the discovery of a significant number of artefacts, in fact, approximately 600 artefact samples required processing and subsequent analysis.
While the archaeological features uncovered were constant with those expected - the remnants of 19th and early 20th-century property occupancy - the project archaeologist Brooke Jamieson was impressed with how many of the original features still remained, despite how extensively earth worked the development property had been in the past.
These included the remains of a historic brick cellar which contained ceramic, glass, timber fragments (from base above cellar floor), brick fragments, shell (pipi, cockle and rock oyster), and fragments of cloth fabric.
The artefacts and deposits found in the cellar suggest that it had been emptied of material and what was recovered was just rubbish and small items of discard that nobody thought important to clean out.
Three excavated rubbish pits provided the most varied and intact ceramic and glass assemblages, with numerous items being refitted to form parts of larger vessels.
While all of the rubbish pits contained typically domestic or household rubbish, one, in particular, had a wider range of material consisting of teacups, bowls, platters and a water pitcher. There were also approximately 20 broken black beer bottles and 11 case gin bottles, as well as some decorative glass items. This suggests one of the buildings was a hotel. Some artefacts were unexpected, such as the leather dog collar with an Auckland City Council metal identification tag, a handmade paintbrush and a rubber children’s doll.