A range of artefacts have been unearthed this week on the work-site of the Coromandel Town roading improvement project.
The artefacts are broken crockery, and old ink bottle and some animal bones.
An archaeologist with Heritage NZ is on-site working the contractor Downers to preserve the integrity of the findings, while looking at how they can continue to the planned work schedule to complete the road improvements.
“We knew, as one of the risks with this site, that artefacts might be discovered, but we can never be sure of what we are going to encounter,” says Thames-Coromandel District Council’s project manager Steve Bremnner.
“We expect that we’ll be able to work our way out of this particular area this week and progress should speed up again once the artefacts are clear.
“At this stage any potential delay caused by the discovery can be accommodated within the contractors programme and we are still on track to meet the completion date.”
Stakeholders, including iwi, were made aware of the find at the weekly stakeholder meeting. There are held 9am every Wednesday, with the next meeting to be at Weta Café on September 25.
“We had a great turn-out from business and the public to this week’s stakeholder meeting, which are proving to be a great way to communicate any changes or field questions from the public.”