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An Incomplete Picture: Interpreting the Past in the Future

Past Event

New Zealand has a dynamic coastline and the sea is constantly eating away the land, carrying with it anything in its path. Are we considering the effect of rising sea levels on heritage sites, and the associated loss of information, which will affect our ability to interpret the past?

Louise was involved with the visit by Professor Geoff Bailey earlier in the year where we hosted him for a talk at Auckland Museum titled “There’s a Whale in my bathtub”. In this talk Geoff talked about archaeological sites affected by sea level change mainly in Europe, join us to hear Louise talk about this topic a little closer to home.


Louise has been an archaeologist for 35 years and has carried out site assessments and archaeological excavations in the upper North Island.

Louise's research interests are focused on Māori material culture, Māori gardening, archaeology of the Coromandel Peninsula, and Polynesian-Māori sites of the first 100-200 years after arrival in Aotearoa.