The New Zealand Transport Agency turned to our Archaeology team to understand and anticipate where existing and proposed road corridors might intersect with archaeological sites, in order to avoid them before road construction begins.
Our team used a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) method which incorporated expert archaeological knowledge to predict where prehistoric humans would have preferred for settlement, horticulture and other land uses. Our team were able to use this expert knowledge to form off site suitability rules resulting in a risk map covering the length of State Highway 11 in the Bay of Islands.
The resulting archaeological risk map we provided allows road asset managers, planners, and engineers to plan future expenditure more effectively and minimize harm to cultural heritage sites, by presenting a more comprehensive spatial representation of risk. Through our work with the Transport Agency we are helping preserve our unique cultural history for the future.