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

Ovens exposed by wind erosion and ploughing on the river terraces at Waitaki River mouth

Ovens exposed by wind erosion and ploughing on the river terraces at Waitaki River mouth

Ovens exposed by wind erosion and ploughing on the river terraces at Waitaki River mouth

This area is one of the most important moa-hujitihg sites in New Zealand, dating from the thirteenth century. Carcasses were probably rafted down to a long-lived settlement here. The main river ran past the site immediately to the north, giving access to the site from the sea over a bar, but has since worked its way further north. The ovens show clearly in this photograph taken in about 1960. A crop of wheat or oats had been taken from little-ploughed land, and this photograph was taken after the oven marks had been 'freshened' by discing the crop stubble. The individual circular patches are about 6 m across while the larger area is some 250 by 50 m. The view is to the north.