large historic archaeological project in inner Wellington was carried
out by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust in 2005; Warren Gumbley
was excavation director, and Louise Furey managed the project on
behalf of HPT.
The Inner City Bypass Project was the largest historic archaeological
investigation carried out in New Zealand. The yards of 15 houses
dating from the 1860s to 1900s were investigated in a well-preserved
historic landscape off Upper Cuba Street in Te Aro. The project
involved archaeological excavation and also buildings archaeology,
where the construction techniques and the sequence of changes to
buildings were recorded and interior decor documented.
Detailed research on land history and the documented history of
the buildings provides information on the increasing urbanisation
of central Wellington from the grazing paddocks of the town acres
in the early 1860s through numerous subdivisions, house constructions,
demolitions and new building developments which took place over
the next 40 years.