Archaeological Brochures

Heritage New Zealand has a range of brochures that are available in downloadable pdf format and as hard copy format which you can request by emailing archaeologist@heritage.org.nz. These brochures are helpful if you wish to find out more about the archaeological authority process or if you are interested in the different types of archaeological sites and the archaeological stories of New Zealand.

Applying for an Archaeological Authority
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Applying for an Archaeological Authority

If you are going to do work that may affect an archaeological site, you must obtain an archaeological authority from Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga before you start work.

This brochure (pdf, 550kb) summarises the authority application process. 

Complying with an Archaeological Authority
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Complying with an Archaeological Authority

Now you've got your archaeological authority - what next?  Heritage New Zealand wants to see the best outcome for the archaeological sites involved and help ensure projects run smoothly.  

Answers to commonly asked questions about compliance with an authority are provided in this brochure (pdf, 327kb).

Protecting and Managing Archaeological Sites
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Protecting and Managing Archaeological Sites

If you own, occupy or are responsible for land, it may contain an archaeological site.  These sites are protected in law.  

This brochure (pdf, 449 kb) explains what an archaeological site is, how it is protected, how you can look after an archaeological site, what you must do when working with a site and who to contact for information and advice.

Archaeological remains of New Zealand's first gardens
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Archaeological Remains of New Zealand's First Gardens

In this brochure (pdf, 1056kb) you can discover the range of gardening techniques used in New Zealand before the arrival of the Europeans, examples of which are still present today. 

Archaeological remains of New Zealand's historic industries
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Archaeological Remains of New Zealand's Historic Industries

This brochure (pdf, 646kb) explores industrial archaeology, and the different kinds of historic industrial sites present in New Zealand.

Archaeological remains of middens and rubbish dumps
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Archaeological Remains of Middens and Rubbish Dumps

What is a midden? What can we learn from studying rubbish? Read this brochure (pdf, 812kb) to find out more about this prolific archaeological site type.


Archaeological remains of pa
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Archaeological Remains of Pa

Learn about pa in this brochure (pdf, 644kb) - what is a pa? Where are they found? What is inside a pa?

Shipwrecks and underwater archaeological sites
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Shipwrecks and Underwater Archaeological Sites

Underwater archaeological sites include shipwrecks, sunken waka, Maori fish traps, submerged wharves and more. This brochure (pdf, 542kb) explores different aspects of these fascinating sites, including their legal protection and how they are preserved.

Archaeological remains of early towns and cities
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Archaeological Remains of Early Towns and Cities

Explore New Zealand's first city streets in this brochure (pdf, 1258kb) to learn about how studying these archaeological sites can tell us about the changing fortunes of early settlers.