It was a busy and successful weekend with the archaeology students from the University of Otago Anthropology Society. On Saturday 14th March Archaeologist Peter Petchey and 13 students excavated two 2 metre x 2 metre areas to find the corners of the entrance-way in the Larnach-era building that once enclosed the south side of the farmstead. This is where the previous Nyhon woolshed once stood, so it was expected to find quite a bit of disturbance, but there was surviving evidence of the old buildings still on site. The group found stone lines and the two interior corners of the entrance-way into the farmyard. They also cleared out the drains around the byre, which were clogged since they were last cleared by OAS students about two years ago.
On Sunday 15th March Peter and four students worked at Stewarts cottage. They dug out a considerable amount of sheep droppings from the interior of the original section of the cottage and removed a couple of sheep cadavers. They also put up netting to try to stop sheep getting in again.
What is going to be happening with the Stewart house, as this was my father’s family home?
I’m sorry its taken so long for me to reply. We are at present getting an archaeological authority for the whole property that will allow us to plan fundraising for restoration works. The Stewart property is a very special one and recently we had archaeology students clean up the site and keep stock out. We have also identified some tree work that needs progressing to ensure the safety of the building. If you have any information or queries please let me know at email@example.com.