A stimulating journey

A stimulating journey

Archaeologist Ian Smith’s legacy and life-long dedication to his work, which culminated in Pākehā Settlements in a Māori World: New Zealand Archaeology 1769–1860, has been celebrated in The Journal of New Zealand Studies.

Pākehā Settlements in a Māori World reconstructs early Pākehā life though the material objects that the settlers left behind. This richly illustrated book was published in November 2019, and Ian Smith died on 3 January 2020.

Writing in The Journal of New Zealand Studies, historian Jonathan West says Ian Smith urged scholars from different disciplines to work together to build a more complete picture of the past.

‘For, as Ian found, “the borderlands between archaeology, history, and tradition have made for a stimulating journey”.’