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Recognised for Raising Archaeological Awareness

Project Recognised for Raising Archaeological Awareness

The New Zealand Archaeological Association has recognised the visitor centre at Cornwall Park for its contribution to making archaeological heritage more accessible.

The Association makes biennial awards for public archaeology recognising contributions to site protection and raising public awareness of archaeology. A 2002-2003 award has gone to the Cornwall Park Trust Board for its visitor centre.

Association President Garry Law said; " The extension to the visitor centre at Cornwall Park concentrates on the Maori history of One Tree Hill from an archaeological perspective. It uses digital reconstructions of what the site may have looked like when occupied to its fullest extent. The Board commissioned a precision survey and professional interpretation to ensure the reconstruction was accurate.

"They can be viewed in video form and on interactive computer screens that allow visitors to explore many aspects of the site and the ancient tools that have been found there. The project uses the latest techniques in presentation and interpretation. It is a world class facility.

"Maungakiekie is a very large site and illustrates to archaeologists the importance of the Auckland isthmus to Maori. Visiting the centre should allow many others to share in that appreciation, said Mr Law.

The project was undertaken as part of the centennial of the gifting of the park to the people of New Zealand. The visitor centre, Huia Lodge, is open daily. There is no entry charge.

The Association has made a second award to the Freeflow Alliance for the attention archaeological heritage was given in the inner city motorway upgrade projects.

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