Monday, August 29, 2011

Interview with Mary O'Neill the curator of the doll museum in Napier - As it was

The  Mary O'Neill Doll Museum reaches an international audience and it has been ranked as a trusted source of information. Simple as that people want to know more about you. Mary what is your level of education? 
...I studied Archaeology at University. I passed exams for the first and second year of Archaeology only. I attended all lectures in the third Academic year but I did not sit an exam.  However my assignment in Prehistoric Archaeology from my third year was officially accepted. I never graduated Archaeology. I left Europe in mid 1990s I never returned. My husband is a New Zealander.
... I am a trained archaeologist. In Europe I have been trained to perform the routine of archaeological excavation.  As a student of Archaeology in Europe I was employed by the Institute of Archaeology for a period of one month a year for 3 years. It was an excavation of a Roman fortification and I was privileged to be selected as the only student of Archaeology working on that project.   I use to be proficient in Latin language which was one of the papers I passed at  University.  At the excavation I also gained knowledge of storing and classifying artifacts and supervising the workers during the archaeological excavations.
Later on I worked 5 weeks at the excavation of the prehistoric locality which the local museum paid me for. Then I wrote about it in the popular magazine which and I was rewarded for.
At that time I was unsure what I would like to graduate as. If that option was available I would have taken the Archaeology of South America as a major. In my early 20s I use to write the articles for popular magazines in the field of South American Archaeology.  In that regard my knowledge was based on information from books I ordered from the UK and USA, library material and other research material. I never visited South America.  I visited German   excavations for a couple of days. It was a prehistoric locality. I also attended unpaid training of recognition of soils....In New Zealand I completed sub degree qualification in Environment and Sustainability at level 5 and some other tertiary qualifications at the level of certificate.
Why don’t you cross credit all that into degree?
Certainly that option is open for me.
What do you think it makes a good doll museum?
A correct description of an item and following correct presentation of facts that surrounds that item - in simple words as it was. In this context   I think that   the doll in its original outfit is better on display in one doll museum.  For me personally the biggest excitement of one archaeological excavation was a discovery of an in situ (in position) find. I liked primarily the artefacts of urban cultures. 
...However sometimes when I look at the obsidian  abstract art   sculpture at the Mary O'Neill Doll Museum - especially the surface of the Obsidian King and  Wizard, I believe  it may give an impression of  some chipped stone artefact   which has been  modified as a bifacial tool  by the humans of  pre-urban culture. That's what inspired me. However these obsidian abstract art sculptures are not to depict the prehistoric art in the Mary O'Neill Doll Museum by any means.
The Mary O’Neill Doll Museum consists of the ”Middle Miocene, The Age of Turritella Empire gallery"   which has on  display number of specimens  collected in New Zealand. This gives an introduction to New Zealand Cretaceous marine biodiversity for our overseas on line visitors. In my research in New Zealand Cretaceous biodiversity I often consult  Northern Ireland born paleontologist   Dr. Joseph McKee from Palmerston North with whom and other colleagues I visited the  Turritella site and the only New Zealand dinosaur site.   Here in New Zealand I am a published author in the field of South Pacific Marine Biodiversity.
People made quotes on what has been said on your blog  
I am honored by their trust in me. 

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