Archaeological Heritage

This section gives information about archaeological sites and investigations, and information for landowners of sites.

An archaeological site is a place where there are physical remains of human activity that happened in the past. This could be the foundations of buildings or structures, features constructed from earth, such as ditches and banks, or even things that have been thrown away, such as leftover food, household items and rubbish. Often what can be seen on the ground surface is only a small part of the site, and there will be much more that has become buried underneath.

Archaeological sites are important because they provide a visible reminder in the landscape of our history and heritage. Past events have played a part in shaping the environment that surrounds us, in the same way our way of life causes change. Archaeological sites may also contain valuable information about people and the environment that is not available from any other source. For a relatively small geographical area, Porirua City has a wealth of archaeological sites that span the human history of New Zealand and of the district. Some of the sites are complex and contain material from a number of different time periods.

Archaeological sites are an important part of Porirua's heritage and all pre-1900 archaeological sites are protected by the Historic Places Act 1994. The following pages provide an overview of Porirua's archaeology, past archaeological investigations in Porirua, and sources of further information about archeology.

Aerial photo Archaeological sites on Mana Island.
Aerial photo "Archaeological sites on Mana Island"