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Caroline Phillips Waihou Journeys

I have lectured at the University of Auckland, and taught an MA paper at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, at Whakatane. I am part of a University of Auckland research team, investigating the significance of swamp sites to Maori in Taranaki.

My PhD research on Maori settlements along the Waihou River was published in 2000 as, Waihou Journeys: The Archaeology of 400 Years of Maori Settlement (Auckland, Auckland University Press). In 2005, I was a co-convenor of the Second Indigenous World Archaeological Inter-Congress, and co-editor of the resultant book in 2010, Bridging the Divide: Indigenous Communities and Archaeology into the 21st Century (Walnut Creek, Left Coast Press). I have just completed co-authorship of a 2013 monograph, Archaeology at Opita: Three Hundred Years of Continuity and Change (Auckland, Research in Anthropology & Linguistics, electronic series: 5). I have also published 50 academic articles and presented over 60 conference papers and seminars, both locally and internationally.

My studies of Maori settlements have involved the integration of archaeological with geoarchaeological techniques and the rich material from Maori oral and post-European contact histories. My research questions include how to identify dynamic settlement systems, continuity and change, small-scale cultural changes, and issues of ethnicity and identity using landscape approaches, contextual archaeology and multiple causality.

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