Prehistoric graves on the foreshore

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Photo: The archaeology of Mount Maunganui goes back to the stone-age Wiki/Alexander Link

Prehistoric remains found on the foreshore of Mount Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, have been identified by archaeologists as two Maori adults and one child.

The remains were found back in the summer alongside Moa bones fish hooks and stone tools after construction began on a new boardwalk at Pilot Bay.

Archaeologists from the University of Auckland have examined the bones along with thousands of other artefacts uncovered during the construction project and they will be analysed over the coming months.

Finds include stone flake debris and experts think that the site could have been used as an adze manufacturing site during the stone-age. An adze is an ancient type of edge tool dating back to the stone-age, they are used for smoothing or carving wood in hand woodworking.

Archaeologists say that the site is exciting because it significantly adds to the understanding of the Tauranga area and early settlement in New Zealand.

Pilot Bay is apparently one of the oldest archaeological sites known in New Zealand, it was first discovered in the 1960s.The Maori didn’t abandon the area until the late 1850s.