Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology

In 2022 Artefact were pleased to sponsor and participate in the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology conference in Kororareka/Russell, Pēwhairangi/Bay of Islands, New Zealand. The conference delegates were welcomed by local tangata whenua (indigenous people of the land) during the powhiri - a formal Māori welcome ceremony onto the marae (meeting place). It was a very warm welcome including the initial call, exchange of greetings made by speakers from both sides, singing, presenting a gift to the host, handshaking and a welcome morning tea.


The ASHA conference was attended by Anita Yousif, Artefact’s Technical Director and ASHA President, Jayden van Beek, Senior Associate, and Elanor Pitt, Heritage Consultant and ASHA Events Coordinator. Elanor gave a well-received talk on ‘A consideration of the value of using a buildings archaeology approach to study churches in Australia’ - which featured some of her evocative photos of St James, King St.


Anita was very pleased with the outcome: ‘The conference was very successful with almost 80 attendees from Australia, NZ and New Caledonia, as well as a couple of international students. We were also touched by the hospitality of the traditional owners and grateful for the opportunity to connect with them and their culture. Artefact is a proud sponsor of the event, which is an annual conference for archaeologists in Australasia.’


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