Story: Taranaki region

Excavating a moa-hunter camp

Excavating a moa-hunter camp

In the 1970s a 600-year-old moa-hunter camp at the mouth of the Kaūpokonui River was excavated because it was being destroyed by erosion. Bones of 55 bird species were recovered, including six kinds of moa, weka, kererū (pigeon), kākā, takahē and kiwi. These archaeologists are at work in a sandy gully near the river.

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University of Auckland, Department of Anthropology, Anthropology Photographic Archive
Reference: 023/M_4_142_004
Photograph by Richard Cassels

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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki region - Native plants and animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/25274/excavating-a-moa-hunter-camp (accessed 28 February 2020)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Aug 2015