Story: Te Tau Ihu tribes

Argillite adze

Argillite adze

Among the attractions of the top of the South Island for Māori tribes were the deposits of argillite, which was used for tools and weapons. This is an argillite adze from the area.

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Reference: I.007751

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Hilary Mitchell and John Mitchell, 'Te Tau Ihu tribes - Early traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/2746/argillite-adze (accessed 18 October 2017)

Story by Hilary Mitchell and John Mitchell, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017