The Archaeology of Pouerua


Louise Furey, Douglas G. Sutton & Yvonne Marshall

*No longer in print


‘This publication is without question one of the most important archaeological research statements on New Zealand pa.’ – Ian Barber, Asian Perspectives


This book in Pacific archaeology is the third to emerge from the Pouerua Project, a major archaeological initiative of the 1980s, studying the extensive pa (native village) site on and around the volcanic cone at Pouerua, Northland, New Zealand.

Focusing on the pa itself, The Archaeology of Pouerua explores the innovative attempt to use archaeological techniques to explore and understand socio-political processes. The investigation revealed the pa as a fluid site with different functions changing over time; not a place of permanent settlement but rather a visible sign of power and dominance.



Louise Furey has an MA in anthropology from The University of Auckland. Professor Douglas Sutton was professor of Anthropology at The University of Auckland and directed the Pouerua Project from its inception in the 1980s. Dr Yvonne Marshall is at the Archaeology Department of the University of Southampton, England.


May 2003, 280 x 190 mm, 272 pages, illustrations
Paperback, ISBN 9781869402921, $49.99