New Zealand Historic Places Trust Hosts Tour of 'Watermark' Site for International Archaeology Day
November 6, 2013
An archaeology tour of ‘Watermark’, the first section of Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct to be constructed following the Canterbury earthquakes, was organised by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT) to coincide with Christchurch City Council's heritage weekend "Reconnect: experience heritage" and International Archaeology Day. The tour was hosted on October 19th, with 30 participants. During the tour participants had the chance to learn from experts about the history associated with the Avon River and recent archaeological work conducted under an archaeological authority granted by the NZHPT. Joseph Hullen, Whakapapa Registration Advisor for Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, shared why Ōtākaro holds great significance for Ngāi Tahu and Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga. Nick Cable, Senior Archaeologist at OPUS International Consultants Ltd, described the many artifacts recovered which reflected occupation of the river banks.
More Collaborating Organizations have joined us for International Archaeology Day 2014!
We are so excited to be celebrating International Archaeology Day again this year on October 18, 2014 to raise awareness for archaeology and provide opportunities for the public to participate in archaeological activities.
In preparation for IAD 2014, we just set up a new webpage with precomposed e-mail invitations that you can easily send to your contacts.