Ian Smith

Ian Smith

Ian Smith is Honorary Associate Professor in the Archaeology programme at the University of Otago, having recently retired after four decades of researching and teaching New Zealand archaeology. His research has spanned the history of human presence in this country, from the life of the earliest Māori inhabitants, to the sealing camps, whaling stations and missionary settlements of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He pioneered the teaching of historical archaeology in New Zealand, and has a particular interest in the archaeology of interaction between indigenous and immigrant cultures, both locally and globally.