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Te Puna - A New Zealand Mission Station

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Evangelical missionary societies have been associated with the processes of colonisation throughout the globe, from India to Africa and into the Pacific. In late 18th-century Britain, the Church Missionary Society for Africa and the East (CMS) began its missionary ventures, and in the first decade of the 19th-century, sent three of its members to New South Wales, Australia, and then on to New Zealand, an unknown, little-explored part of the world.

Across the globe, a common material culture travelled with its evangelizing (and later colonizing) settlers, with artefacts appearing as cultural markers from Cape Town in South Africa, to Tasmania in Australia and the even more remote Bay of Islands in New Zealand. After missionization, colonization occurred. Additionally, common themes of interaction with indigenous peoples, household economy, the development of commerce, and social and gender relations also played out in these communities.

This work is unique in that it provides the first archaeological examination of a New Zealand mission station, and as such, makes an important contribution to New Zealand historical archaeology and history. It also situates the case study in a global context, making a significant contribution to the international field of mission archaeology. It informs a wider audience about the processes of colonization and culture contact in New Zealand, along with the details of the material culture of the countrya (TM)s first European settlers, providing a point of comparison with other outposts of British colonization.


The Motel

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The old hotel sat solemnly by itself on a deserted road just outside a very small town, close to the border of California and Nevada. The building was old, though not as old as some in the area, and not as well kept as those nestled in the downtown proper. Paint peeled here and there, faded by the sun, and the makeshift fence had all but fallen down. There were 20 rooms, 20 queen-sized beds, 20 bathrooms. The building formed a backward L, with the office on the far end and the upward stroke of the L running back away from the highway. In the crook of the L, out of view of speeding truckers and family SUV's heading on vacation, an almost empty artificially blue pool collected stray leaves and dead wasps.



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