The University of Auckland Library Anthropology Photographic Archive - The University Of Auckland



The Anthropology Photographic Archive database contains a selection of images from the Department of Anthropology Photographic Archive, The University of Auckland.

The images record staff research in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands in the field of archaeology and social anthropology from 1950 to date. At present approximately 5000 images have been described in the database ranging from social anthropology in Papua New Guinea and Tokelau, to archaeology in Western Samoa, Tonga and New Zealand.

The Anthropology Photograph Archive contains about 80,000 original images and it is intended to make as many of these as possible available in the database.

The Anthropology Image Database is a result of a joint project between the University Library and the Department of Anthropology to preserve and ensure long-term access to items in this valuable and unique research archive. It is hoped that funding will be obtained to continue to preserve the archive images digitally and to make them accessible to University students and staff as well as the general public via the Anthropology Image Database.


Lapita Image, Lapita culture Terra Cotta

Pottery Fragment 1000 B.C. Solomon Islands, Reef Islands Nenumbo site, Lapita culture Terra Cotta; h.3in. (7.5cm).

One of the finest examples of the Lapita potter’s art, this fragment depicts a human face incorporated into the intricate geometric designs characteristic of the Lapita ceramic tradition.