The collected essays in this volume address contemporary issues regarding the relationship between Indigenous groups and archaeologists, including the challenges of dialogue, colonialism, the difficulties of working within legislative and institutional frameworks, and NAGPRA and similar legislation. The disciplines of archaeology and cultural heritage management are international in scope and many countries continue to experience the impact of colonialism. In response to these common experiences, both archaeology and indigenous political movements involve international networks through which information quickly moves around the globe. This volume reflects these dynamic dialectics between the past and the present and between the international and the local, demonstrating that archaeology is a historical science always linked to contemporary cultural concerns.
Harry Allen is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Auckland where he has taught archaeology since 1973. His teaching and research ranges from the history and archaeology of northern Australia and New Zealand to heritage conservation. Harry Allen was a Board Member of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and a member of the Trust's Maori Heritage Council between 1993 and 2006. He was recently awarded an ONZM for services to New Zealand archaeology in the 2008 New Year's honours.||Caroline Phillips is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Auckland and a consultant archaeologist. She was a co-convener of the Second Indigenous World Archaeological Inter-Congress. Her studies of Maori settlements have involved the integration of archaeological fieldwork, geoarchaeological techniques, and the rich material from Maori oral and post-European contact histories. Her research questions include how to identify dynamic settlement systems, small-scale cultural changes, and issues of ethnicity and identity using landscape approaches, contextual archaeology and historical narratives