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.
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.
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.
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.