May 04, 2017
Iwi to lead site protection
Otago University archaeologists are looking at ways mana whenua groups can take a lead role in managing archaeological sites.
The Omaio ki Tua project in Hawke’s Bay is funded by the Department of Conservation through its community conservation partnerships programme.
Anthropology department head Professor Richard Walter says many coastal sites possess important cultural values, but because of rising sea levels and other coastal processes they are increasingly vulnerable to damage.
The university led a two-day workshop at Pukehou Marae and at Manawarakau Pa at Kairakau south of Hastings to teach the principles of archaeological site recording, including sharing the some of the methods archaeologists use to interpret landscapes
Dr Karen Greig from the university’s Southern Pacific Archaeological Research Unit has developed a phone app that can be used to record and monitors archaeological sites and feed information into a central marae-managed database.
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