What is the assemblage?
The assemblage consists of artefacts recovered by Underground Overground Archaeology as a result of earthquake authorities issues by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga since the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.
Quantifying the assemblage
706 boxes of artefacts that have been identified
391 boxes of artefacts waiting to be identified
64 boxes of artefacts waiting to be washed
What materials does the assemblage contain?
Māori – shells, bones, charcoal, stone flakes and fire-cracked rock, along with pollen samples, from middens, hāngī/ovens and cultural layers
Pākehā - ceramics, faunal material, glass, leather, bricks, clay tobacco pipes, building samples (particularly timbers and wallpapers), paper and metal
Where does the assemblage come from?
Christchurch, Lyttelton, Kaiapoi, Rangiora and Akaroa, as well as a scattering of rural sites
domestic, commercial, religious, education, industrial, administrative, entertainment and infrastructure sites
cultural layers, middens, hāngī/ovens, rubbish pits, fills, underfloor accumulations and redeposited material