Dr Caroline Phillips is a consultant archaeologist nearly 50 years of field experience. She was for many years the cartographer in the Anthropology Department at The University of Auckland. During this time she pursued her love of archaeology on digs and undertook surveys for the Historical Places Trust. She backed up this practical work with academic qualifications, gaining her MA in 1987 with a thesis on the Karikari Peninsula, and her PhD in 1994 with work on the Waihou River, on which her book Waihou Journeys is based. Phillips has lectured at The University of Auckland and directed many of the Archaeology Fieldschools. She lives in the bush in the Waitakere Ranges.