Jeal Mary

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Mary Jeal 1931-2005

Mary was born in Wellington and grew up there. Her early career was as an illustrator and she retained a passion for art throughout her life. Her interest in archaeology came while resident in Gisborne through involvement in Aileen Fox's excavation at Tiromoana in 1974.

Mary subsequently became the site recording filekeeper for Hawkes Bay and a very active recorder of sites - in association with Aileen and Mary's husand Mick, and was an encourager of others in the same activity.

Mary served on the NZAA Council, had two years as President and was on the archaeology committee of the Historic Places Trust as the NZAA representative. She was an enthusiastic advocate of site protection and of good management practice, particularly in relation to Otatara Pa.

She retired to Coromandel in 1991.

Obituary 2006 Archaeology in New Zealand 49(2):73-77.


- 1983 Mad dogs and Englishmen, Archaeological site recording with Aileen Fox, in: A lot of spadework to be done, Essays in honour of Lady Aileen Fox, by her New Zealand friends. Eds. S E Bulmer, R G Law and D G Sutton, New Zealand Archaeological Association Monograph No. 14.

- 1987 The Mahia Peninsula seal mammal butchery site (N127/14) New Zealand Archaeological Association Newsletter 30(3):174-175.

- 2004 Tape and Trowel Tales. Archaeology in New Zealand 47(4):134-137.

Kevin Jones, Mary Jeal and Mick Jeal 2001 Field archaeology of the Mahia Peninsula (Nukutaurua mai Tawhiti), northern Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.New Zealand Journal of Archaeology 23:5-29.