If you can't get enough archaeology

Russell Hook in Area 10 at Mangahawea
If your appetite for New Zealand archaeology has been whetted over Archaeology Week, we have some further recommendations for your viewing and reading.

For the hard-core archaeology geeks

New Zealand is lucky to have some very high-quality archaeology blogs. They get into the nitty-gritty of the day-to-day realities of archaeological projects, findings and research. They are personal, relevant, and often funny. This is the best way to get an insight into our awesome community of New Zealand archaeologists.


For the couch-bound who want to explore New Zealand urban archaeology

  • If you’re a fan of the Archaeology TV show, Time Team, check out Tony Robinson’s Time walks in Christchurch and Wellington.
  • Enjoy Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga’s virtual tour of archaeological hotel sites in Christchurch. Download the Heritage Trails app from the Apple or Google app store and open Public Houses, Private Lives.
  • Visit our Postcards from the Past website for more Christchurch archaeological history.

    For those interested in artefacts

    • Binge watch all 6 episodes of Dame Anne Salmond’s exploration of Māori taonga in Artefact on Māori TV.
    • While not strictly archaeology, Tales from Te Papa includes many episodes on historic or archaeological objects.

    For those who want some meaty scholarship on New Zealand archaeology


    For map lovers

    • Check out ArchSite, which is the New Zealand Archaeological Association’s interactive map showing all recorded archaeological sites in New Zealand.

    For the young and young at heart

    • Although not available online, once public libraries reopen you’ll be able to check out Dave Veart’s Digging up the Past: Archaeology for the Young and Curious. This award-winning book follows the work and findings of New Zealand archaeologists and includes fun suggestions for excavating your own rubbish bin.

    For the worn-out folk who need some escapist content

    Travel back in time and to the other side of the world with these light-heated archaeology memoirs, novels, movies and TV shows. 
    Come Tell Me How You Live – Agatha Christie’s hilarious memoir of taking part in archaeological digs in Syria during the 1930s with her husband, archaeologist Max Mallowan.
    • The Visitors by Sally Beaumont – a fantastic retelling of Howard Carter discovering the tomb of King Tutankhamun, told through the eyes of a young girl.
    • The Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters – a no-nonsense Victorian lady archaeologist-doctor travels through Egypt solving mysteries. 
    • The world’s most famous big-screen archaeologist Indiana Jones is currently available on Netflix.
    • The long running British Archaeology TV show Time Team has full episodes on Youtube.