Artefacts found during Coromandel Town main street upgrade
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Posted September 20, 2019
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Media Release: Thames Coromandel District Council
A range of artefacts have been unearthed this week on the work-site of the Coromandel Town roading improvement project.
The artefacts are broken crockery, an old ink bottle and some animal bones.
An archaeologist with Heritage NZ is on-site working with the contractor Downers to preserve the integrity of the findings, while looking at how to continue the planned work to schedule and complete the road improvements.
“We knew, as one of the risks with this site, that artefacts might be discovered, but we can never be sure of what we are going to encounter “ says Steve Bremner Thames Coromandel District Council’s Project Manager.
“We expect that we’ll be able to work our way out of this particular area this week and progress should speed up again once the artefacts are clear,” says Mr Bremner.
“At this stage any potential delay caused by the discovery can be accommodated within the contractors programme and we are still on track to meet the completion date,” says Mr Bremner.
Stakeholders, including iwi, were made aware of the find at a weekly stakeholder meetings. These are held 9am every Wednesday, with the next meeting to be at Weta Cafe on 25 September.
“We had a great turn-out from businesses and the public to this week’s stakeholder meeting, which are proving to be a great way to communicate any changes or field questions from the public,” says Mr Bremner.