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Maori Storehouses and Kindred Structures


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These places are known collectively as rua kai, or food-pits, but, as seen by the heading above, are of different forms. They may be subdivided as follows:—

1.Semi-subterranean stores on level land. (Floor excavated; securely roofed.)
2.Rectangular excavation in hillside or on the brow of a terrace. (Earthen walls; well roofed.)
3.Excavated pits, entered through hole on top. (Covering for entrance-hole, but no artificial roof.)
4.Caves (in most cases artificial; entrance in front).