Northland bay confirmed as one of oldest human settlements in NZ
Radiocarbon dates, moa bones and extinct shellfish have confirmed a small cove in the Bay of Islands was home to some of the first humans to set foot in New Zealand.
Mangahawea Bay, on Moturua Island, was first excavated in 1981 by team of archaeologists from Auckland. Their finds included a hāngī pit, shells from a limpet which became extinct around the time people first arrived in New Zealand, and a pendant made from what appeared to be a tropical shell.
If that was the case, the pendant must have travelled across the Pacific with the ancestors of Māori.
For reasons which were unclear the dig was never written up and the finds ended up in boxes scattered around New Zealand.
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