As gardeners, Māori had many terms for different types of soil. While they never fired clay to make pottery, they were well aware of it – as is clear in this list replicated from the ethnographer Elsdon Best’s book Maori agriculture. Māori also used stone to build rows and walls for gardens, and occasionally for defensive walls in their pā.
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