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Protocol for discovery of archaeological sites or features (including isolated artefacts).
An archaeological site is defined in the Historic Places Act (1993) as any place associated with human activity that occurred before 1900, and is or may be able through investigation by archaeological methods to provide evidence relating to the history of New Zealand. In practice, however, almost any site or feature associated with past human activity may be recorded as an archaeological site. This would include structures related to the early gold mining industry (pre-1952), former railway, and early European house remains.
Dr Neville Ritchie, Regional Archaeologist, DOC, Hamilton. Ph. (07) 838-3363.
Dr Rachel Darmody, Regional Archaeologist, Historic Places Trust, Tauranga. Ph. (07) 578-1229, mobile (025) 292-1588.
Dr Phil Moore, consultant archaeologist, Waihi Beach. Ph. 863-4120.
Protocol for discovery of human remains, taonga, or artefacts
*Note: Any wooden items should not be allowed to dry out – place in clean water, wrap in wet sacking, or carefully re-bury on site. Fragile items should NOT be removed from where they are found prior to receiving advice from HPT.3. Artefacts (see also under Archaeological Sites)
Note: Under the Antiquities Act 1975 any Maori artefact is deemed to be the property of the Crown, although this legislation is currently under review. Custody of artefacts is decided by the Ministry of Culture & Heritage.
Ministry of Culture & Heritage, Wellington. Ph. (04) 499-4229.
Historic Places Trust, Tauranga
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