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Southern Pacific Archaeological Research is a leading New Zealand archaeological and heritage consultancy

Southern Pacific Archaeological Research (SPAR) is a Research Unit in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology. We work throughout New Zealand and the tropical Pacific on a diverse range of research, commercial, and community partnership projects.

Specialist archaeological research services

We provide specialist archaeological research services to clients, such as NGOs and National Museums. In addition, we carry out our own research programmes funded from contestable funding sources such as the Royal Society Te Apārangi Marsden Fund.

Find out more about our research.

Heritage management services

We offer a full range of heritage management services to assist our clients manage heritage places and comply with the relevant legislation (Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act (2014), Resource Management Act (1991)). Clients include private sector companies and individuals, central and local government agencies, and NGOs.

Find out more about our heritage management services.

Specialist analytical services

In conjunction with the Otago Archaeology Labs (Department of Anthropology and Archaeology) SPAR offers specialist analytical services in archaeological science, including archaeozoological and material culture analysis, palaeobotanical analysis and radiocarbon services.

Find out more about our specialist analytical services.

Designing, implementing and sourcing funds for large scale projects

We offer an innovative service that involves designing, implementing and sourcing funds for large scale archaeology and heritage projects. These projects involve partnerships with external agencies and community groups, which address issues of immediate concern to those groups. Through these collaborations our partners are able to achieve outcomes that would not otherwise be possible. Current partners include Māori iwi organisations, the Department of Conservation (DoC), local governments and community trusts.

Find out more about our community partnership projects.