Archaeologists working in Christchurch have stumbled across a “massive” collection of artefacts under the quake-damaged Isaac Theatre Royale.
Eighteen boxes of artefacts were found under the theatre’s foundations during a partial demolition of the heritage building in December last year.
Katharine Watson, director of Underground Overground Archaeology, says the discovery came as a shock to the team.
“We weren’t expecting to find anything,” she says. "It was actually the digger driver who found it.”