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SPAR runs active research programmes in New Zealand and Pacific archaeology. We work within the research environment of the wider University of Otago and SPAR projects involve graduate students and research partners from a number of institutions from New Zealand and overseas.

SPAR projects are funded from contestable sources, such as the Marsden Fund which has supported three of our major research programmes.

Coastal People: Southern Skies

Coastal People: Southern Skies is a research collaboration that connects communities with world-leading, cross-discipline research to support transformative change to rebuild coastal ecosystems.

SPAR researchers are significant contributors to this collaboration:
SPAR Our people

Research themes