Story: When was New Zealand first settled?

Archaeologist Bruce McFadgen

Bruce McFadgen explains why radiocarbon dating of bones of recently dead rats from Lake Taupō has produced dates up to 2,000 years ago – obviously not the true age of the rats.

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Geoff Irwin and Carl Walrond, 'When was New Zealand first settled? - Rat bones', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/3621/archaeologist-bruce-mcfadgen (accessed 23 March 2019)

Story by Geoff Irwin and Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 20 May 2016