Ian Smith was an Honorary Associate Professor in the Archaeology programme at the University of Otago, and he made a huge contribution to New Zealand archaeology over four decades of teaching, researching and writing.
In November 2019 he celebrated the publication of Pākehā Settlements in a Māori World: New Zealand Archaeology 1769–1860. The book is a culmination of his life’s work and is widely acknowledged for the contribution it makes to our understanding of early Pākehā life.
Ian died in Dunedin on 3 January 2020, after a long illness.
His research 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 had a particular interest in the archaeology of interaction between indigenous and immigrant cultures, in Aotearoa and around the world.