New Zealand Archeological Association


  • Why do some of the archaeological sites shown on the ArchSite interactive map appear to be in the wrong place?
    Site locations may be incorrect for a number of reasons, such as misreading of coordinates by the original recorder or errors in transcription from the paper record forms. Some information in ArchSite dates back to 50 years ago, well before GPS was invented, so the locations are not as accurate as those able to be recorded today. Some site locations were recorded using 1:50000 scale maps, and are able to be given as grid references to the nearest 100m only. There can also be problems with the topography shown in some older maps, which made pinpointing site location difficult. As sites are revisited we are able to improve the accuracy of the site location using modern technology. Please let us know about any major problems with site position. 
  • There is an archaeological site on the ArchSite interactive map close to my home, but why can't I find it?
    ArchSite contains a wide range of site types, some of which may be large and easily visible, while others may be small, buried beneath the ground surface or difficult to detect by the untrained eye. For places where sites can be seen and freely visited, see the NZAA's guide for cultural tourists or the NZ Historic Places Trust or Department of Conservation websites. Remember that many sites are on private land and can not be visited without the owner's permission.
  • What should I do if I have an archaeological site on my property?
    Many landowners in New Zealand are looking after archaeological sites on their properties through careful land management. Some local councils provide financial assistance to landowners for this purpose. In rural areas, many sites are part of working farms and are grazed with appropriate stock control. Some sites are in forestry blocks, and have been excluded from planting. Other sites are in public reserves and can be visited. If you have a site on your property and you would like assistance with how best to look after it the NZAA and the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga can assist with further advice.
  • What should I do if I am planning work that will affect an archaeological site?
    If you have a site on your property and you are planning work that could affect it, such as earthworks, tracks, forestry or building, then steps need to be taken to determine the nature, extent, condition, and significance of the site and if the proposed work will affect the site.  If the site cannot be avoided, then consent under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act will be required. Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (HNZPT) is responsible for this. The HNZPT website has information about the authority process or you can contact one of the HNZPT regional archaeologists.
  • Why do some sites in ArchSite have more information available than others?
    The information about recorded sites in ArchSite comes from several different sources, with differing levels of detail. For example, sites that were visited during the NZAA Upgrade Project are likely to have more accurate location and condition information, while others may have only a brief summary. As more people contribute to ArchSite, the amount of information available will increase.
  • Why do only some sites in ArchSite have supporting documents?
    Supporting documents such as historical records, plans and photographs are progressively being added.
  • My question is not answered here.
    Please contact us so we can try to help. 

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