We actively participate in archaeological research projects and have received funding grants to undertake work on specific topics. Publication of the results from research is an important part of archaeology, particularly research. Broadly speaking, once a site is lost or damaged the information gained should be shared and made accessible. Research is away to ensure that material is understood well and contextualised to be accessible.
Individually we have also been contracted to undertake research for government departments and iwi groups, and hold honorary research positions at Auckland University.
We regularly undertake historic research as part of site assessments, conservation plans and archaeological investigations. Research not only contextualises the results of archaeological investigation and the material that was sampled, but it also assists in the early planning phases of a project.
Research guides the understanding of a site and it’s potential to expose deposits – equally it can confirm where areas are better suited to undertake earthworks and avoid known archaeological deposits. Archaeological site protection is always the primary objective in projects, this protects the resource and is often a time and cost-effective approach for projects.
Research exists in the form of desktop work like historic text research, accessing and inspecting old maps and plans, communicating and working alongside iwi, accessing museum and historic society material, communicating and where necessary accessing and managing support from universities. CFG has solid relationships with much of the research community to aid research.