SPAR is a leader in New Zealand and Pacific archaeology. We have an established track record in a wide range of archaeological issues as well as extensive experience in working within the constraints of complex statutory requirements.
Our archaeological projects have ranged from small archaeological assessments to large-scale multi-year excavations that have required large teams of experts.
We have experience in all classes of site survey including reconnaissance, random transect survey, and full area surveys. We have developed our own system of site recording that maximises efficiency through the use of hand-held computers. Site location and extent is recorded to sub-metre accuracy using differential GPS receivers. Survey results are managed and analysed using GIS.
SPAR undertakes archaeological investigations of all types, from small-scale test pitting and exploratory excavations to large areal excavations. We use state-of-the-art survey and recording technology to minimise costs and errors. All site data is stored in a GIS geodatabase to maximise efficiency and flexibility in data management and analysis.
SPAR carries out assessments of archaeological significance and of effects of proposed developments on archaeological values. We also provide expert advice about statutory requirements and about how to achieve the best outcomes for both the archaeological resource and our clients. Our work is recognised as meeting or exceeding standards of archaeological best practice internationally.
SPAR provides on-site archaeological monitoring service and works closely with contractors and iwi representatives to ensure that statutory requirements are met while reducing potential delays. Training of contractors in the recognition of archaeological deposits and the appropriate response is provided.
Geophysical survey provides an economical way of identifying subsurface archaeological deposits when there is no visible surface indication of their presence. In conjunction with our specialist associates we offer a range of geophysical survey methods including magnetic, ground-penetrating radar and conductivity surveys. SPAR has carried out geophysical surveys at a number of sites in New Zealand and published one of the first systematic “ground truthing” of geophysical survey results in this country.