Rich pickings: an analysis of opportunistic behaviour at Rangitoto Island, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Bennett, Kurt, and Fowler, Madeline (2016) Rich pickings: an analysis of opportunistic behaviour at Rangitoto Island, Aotearoa/New Zealand. Journal of Maritime Archaeology, 11 (2). pp. 179-196.

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Abstract

Rangitoto Island, Aotearoa/New Zealand, is the location of a graveyard of abandoned vessels and three communities of baches (circa 1910s–1930s)—small and modest holiday homes. In 2014, an archival and archaeological investigation of 11 discarded watercraft located at Boulder Bay and the bach communities of Beacon End, Rangitoto Wharf and Islington Bay revealed evidence of salvage and reuse of abandoned vessel materials in the construction, modification and use of the island’s baches. This evidence in turn provides insight into opportunistic behaviours of communities unassociated with the maritime industries that created ships’ graveyards, and consequently affords a more well-rounded understanding of post-depositional site formation processes. Influenced by social and economic impacts, the Rangitoto Island bach communities’ resourcefulness enhances our knowledge of behaviours towards ships as sources of material.

Item ID: 47265
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1557-2293
Keywords: abandoned vessels; opportunistic behaviour; salvage; reuse; Rangitoto Island; Aotearoa; New Zealand
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2017 00:36
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210110 Maritime Archaeology @ 60%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210107 Archaeology of New Zealand (excl Maori) @ 20%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210108 Historical Archaeology (incl Industrial Archaeology) @ 20%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950307 Conserving the Historic Environment @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950505 Understanding New Zealands Past @ 40%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology @ 10%
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