For the past seven years archeologists have been sifting through two and a half tonnes of artefacts uncovered during the excavation of a site in Whanganui. And there's still more to learn. Otago University archeology PhD student Naomi Woods has been involved in the Whanganui project since 2013 and has pieced together the story of a family who lived on the site, which now hosts a shopping mall. Naomi's research extends beyond the bric-a-brac to searching out newspaper and stories and council documents to flesh out the stories of the people who lived here. Lynn Freeman finds out what attracted her to archeology.