New Zealand Archeological Association
For the purposes of ArchSite, an archaeological site is defined as any specific locality where there is physical evidence for human occupation or activity in the past, that is or maybe able to be investigated by archaeological techniques. Note that there is no cut-off date for sites that may be recorded in ArchSite, so it may include sites that do not meet the definition in the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.
ArchSite (Archaeological Site Recording Scheme)
ArchSite is an online database that contains information about recorded archaeological sites in New Zealand. It is operated by the NZAA in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.
The Central Filekeeper manages the information in ArchSite and is responsible for its day to day operation. The Central Filekeeper works closely with the District Filekeepers.
District Filekeepers are NZAA members with local knowledge who carry out a voluntary role looking after archaeological site information in their File District.
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act
All archaeological sites that pre-date 1900 whether recorded or not are protected by the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act. The permission of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is required for any work that may affect sites. Even if an archaeological site has not been recorded within ArchSite the provisions of the Act may still apply. For further information go to the Heritage New Zealand website.
Site Recording Scheme
The NZAA's Site Recording Scheme is a paper-based record system of information about archaeological sites established in 1958. Records can contain plans, section drawings, photographs, artefact drawings, and field notes. The SRS is organised on a district basis, with each of the 18 district files managed by a volunteer filekeeper. A duplicate set of each file is housed in Wellington in a collective Central File, managed by the Central Filekeeper. For more information see the NZAA website
From 1999 to 2007 the NZAA carried out a national programme to upgrade the quality of information about sites recorded in the SRS. Each recorded was checked to ensure it was of an appropriate standard and where necessary sites were re-visited (with land owner permission) to obtain additional information. The Upgrade Project was carried out with assistance from the Lottery Grants Board, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, and regional, district and city councils.