Talking Trash: Classifying Rubbish-Bearing Deposits From Colonial New Zealand Sites

  • Maria Butcher Department of Anthropology, Gender & Sociology, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin.
  • Ian Smith Department of Anthropology, Gender & Sociology, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin.
Keywords: New Zealand, historic, refuse deposits, formation processes

Abstract

Archaeological investigations on historic period sites in New Zealand recover household refuse in a variety of regularly recurring contexts. Interpreting the artefact or faunal assemblages from these deposits depends upon a good understanding of the formation processes at play. Here, rubbish-bearing deposits are classified according to form for two purposes: first, as a tool to assist with the analysis and interpretation of archaeological assemblages; and second, to highlight the ways in which their analysis can throw light upon past attitudes and behaviours concerning household waste.
Published
2009-12-10
How to Cite
Butcher, M. and Smith, I. (2009) “Talking Trash: Classifying Rubbish-Bearing Deposits From Colonial New Zealand Sites”, Journal of Pacific Archaeology, 1(1), pp. 53-61. Available at: https://pacificarchaeology.org/index.php/journal/article/view/9 (Accessed: 23July2019).
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