Archaeological Reports Digital Library

Heritage New Zealand holds an extensive collection of unpublished archaeological reports resulting from site surveys, excavations, research programmes and archaeological authorities.  There are over 6700 volumes dating from the 1950s to the present in the collection.

Archaeological digital library


The reports are held in pdf format at Heritage New Zealand's National Office in Wellington. The catalogue (Excel, 1.6 MB) for the digital library provides you with a summary of the reports held, listed by author, title, date, authority number, site number, and a unique identifier for each report held.  There is no charge for obtaining copies of the reports.

The digital library is updated regularly as more reports are filed with Heritage New Zealand. It was last updated on 12 October 2018

To obtain copies of the reports (as pdfs), email with the report identifiers (e.g. Brooks1).

Should you prefer, you may telephone or post your request (supplying the above information) to:

Archaeological Digital Library
Heritage New Zealand
National Office
P O Box 2629
Wellington 6140

tel: (04) 472 4341

The file sizes vary significantly from approximately 2mb to over 100mb, but where possible the reports will be emailed directly.  Reports over approximately 10mb or requests for more than one report will be sent via an on-line sharing directory. Please allow three days for us to action your request. Let us know if your request is urgent and we will do out best to facilitate this.