Buildings archaeology is relatively new in New Zealand. It was an integral
part of the archaeological programme in the Wellington Inner City
Bypass Project, and the 1850s Westney House at Mangere in Auckland.
Buildings archaeology focuses on systematically recording construction
methods and materials, and analysing the materials, to uncover the
history of the building and complement the in-ground archaeology.
Historical records often do not exist and the changes a building
has been through are not immediately obvious. Detailed recording
of décor, sub-floor, house framing and construction methods
provides information on chronology and technology, and contributes
to the growing body of knowledge about colonial buildings in New
Buildings are recorded through detailed measured drawings, photographs
and collection of samples such as timber, nails and bricks for analysis.