A book aimed at the general lay reader, which covers many of the most famous archaeological sites in New Zealand. Its small format and plastic sleeve make it a very practical field guide to be used when out and about. The book begins with a general history of archaeology in New Zealand, the kinds of sites we have here - pa, pits, middens, umu, redoubts and mines to name just a few - and useful general information on visiting. Part two is divided into regions, covering sites of Maori origin to later, nineteenth-century industrial archaeology such as coal and goldmining. Selected sites in each region have a thumbnail description of the key points of interest, details of how to get there and a full description of how to walk around it and to appreciate its features, as well as maps, visitor information, plans and illustrations of specific places.
Kevin Jones is one of the most experienced archaeologists working at DOC. He is the author of Nga Tohuwhenua Mai Te Rangi: a New Zealand Archaeology in Aerial Photographs (VUP, 1994) and many scientific articles and papers. He is one of DOC's top experts on conserving old sites and a Pacific expert on how to balance real conservation of the old with the urge to recreate sites the way they used to be.