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Archaeology Week: The Investigation of the Fernery


Sat 28 Apr 2018, 10:00am
Sun 29 Apr 2018, 10:00am

Where: Larnach Castle, 145 Camp Rd, Company Bay, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

The Fernery at Larnach Castle was built around 1927-28. It is made of basalt rocks with Oamaru limestone vertical entrance stones.

It is believed it may have had a glass roof with the glass taken from the ship the Paloona which was broken up at Port Chalmers about 1927. The aim of the project will be to remove vegetation and soil/leaf litter covering the floor so as to expose the original stonework and the piping system which supplied water to the fernery. This work is in preparation for having the fernery interpreted as part of the Larnach Castle garden walks.

For more information: Matt Schmidt, Archaeologist Otago-Southland Heritage New Zealand, tel (03) 470 2364 or 027 240 8715; email -

This event is part of the national Archaeology Week 2018 programme.

New Zealand Archaeology Week is presented by the New Zealand Archaeological Association with the aim of increasing public awareness and highlighting the importance of protecting our archaeological heritage by promoting the work of New Zealand archaeologists both at home and abroad.

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