This wooden ama (outrigger) was found at Moncks Cave, Redcliffs, Christchurch, in 1889. It was part of a large collection of relics, including a carved paddle and canoe bailer, thought to date from the late 14th century. The ama has been drilled to take pegs to connect it to the hull of a canoe. This technology was apparently almost completely abandoned by Māori by the time of the first European arrivals some centuries later.
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