Ancient Māori tool found on a golf course

Construction works on a  golf course in at Waikanae, New Zealand,  lead to the discovery of a cutting tool in shape of an adze indicating activity of the

The ancient Māori tool (by Subsurface LTD)

The tool was unearthed on the ninth hole fairway at Waikanae’s golf course on the edge of a small wetland. Beside the tool archaeologists discovered mainly shell middens but in 2000 human remains, including long bones and a vertebrae were found there. The small adze, fashioned from Nelson argillite, was likely a woodworking tool. It was uncovered from disturbed earth so it was impossible to accurately radiocarbon date it. According to the researchers the earliest archaeological sites on the Kapiti Coast around Waikanae date from the fourteenth century. The area was settled by Muaūpoko, a Māori  tribe or iwi until the 19th century, and the 1820s by the Māori Te Ati Awa iwi.

(after Subsurface LTD & The Dominion Post)

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