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Ngā Tohuwhenua Mai Te Rangi: A New Zealand Archeology in Aerial Photographs

Two pā near Otorohanga, southern Waikato

Two pā near Otorohanga, southern Waikato

Two pā near Otorohanga, southern Waikato

Both pā form simple double rectangular enclosures, about 65 m long and 12 m wide, on high points in the ridges.

Left. The near end of the pā has used a strong natural defensive position at the head of a steep slope, but with a weak point on the near ridge (sloping down to the left). This had been defended by a double ditch and bank. The farm road has been constrained to enter the pā at this point, rising up to the platform, and cutting through the middle and far transverse ditches. Clearly there was no option for the road to go to the right around the pā, but perhaps it might have been better routed by the prominent fence running from lower left to the far left corner of the pā?

Below. The pā has been built on country in which a satisfactory farm-roading solution has been possible. The ridge is broad, although narrowing to the right, and the road has skirted the pā almost in its entirety. The road may have cut through and obscured a double ditch on the narrow ridge at right.