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    Critical evaluation of current issues in the archaeology of New Zealand’s past.

    This paper offers students new and stimulating archaeological insights into the origins, development, identities and interactions of the Māori, Moriori, and later settler peoples of New Zealand. Case studies range across the New Zealand archipelago, including the Chatham Islands. The course considers when, where, and how the first Polynesians and their accompanying plants and animals were transferred from the tropics into the colder lands of temperate New Zealand as well as the impacts of those new arrivals on New Zealand's native fauna and flora. We explore the ways in which society, economy, ideology, patterns of settlement and exchange developed as Polynesians first colonised the diverse New Zealand islands, from the subtropical far north to the subpolar south. We then consider the archaeology of the more recent historical past in New Zealand. We examine changes in Māori culture, society and economy, and the arrival and emergence of other cultural traditions during the 19th century.

    About this paper

    Paper title Advanced New Zealand Archaeology
    Subject Anthropology
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (Distance learning)
    Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,701.51
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    72 300-level ARCH or ANTH points
    ARCH 304, ANTH 330
    Limited to
    May not be credited together with ANTH309 passed in 2011 or 2012.

    Professor Ian Barber

    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator: Professor Ian Barber

    Contributing Lecturers:

    Paper Structure

    Primary themes:

    • Archaeology of the first New Zealanders, including the emergence of Indigenous Māori and Moriori peoples across varied and changing island landscapes
    • Archaeology of Indigenous and other settler peoples in New Zealand from the late eighteenth century.
    Teaching Arrangements

    The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely.


    Furey, L. & Holdaway, S.J. (ed.) 2004. Change Through Time: 50 years of New Zealand Archaeology. NZAA Monograph 26.

    Smith, I.W.G. 2020. Pākehā Settlements in a Māori World: New Zealand Archaeology, 1769–1860. Wellington, Bridget
    Williams Books [Ebook, available through library].

    Course outline
    Will be available on Blackboard at the beginning of the course.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research.
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    Learning Outcomes

    On completion of this paper students will gain:

    • Subject knowledge of core issues and case studies in New Zealand archaeology
    • Improved understanding of the processes, impacts, interactions and identities associated with the human colonisation of New Zealand
    • A new appreciation and understanding of current specialist analysis in New Zealand archaeological research


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system

    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 10-13, 15-22
    Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 11, 13, 16, 18
    A2 Thursday 12:00-13:50 11, 13, 16, 18
    A3 Friday 13:00-14:50 11, 13, 16, 18
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