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Maori canoe stumbled upon at New Zealand beach
February 10, 2010, 10:15 am
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An ancient Maori canoe was recently discovered by a passerby on a New Zealand beach. The canoe, specialized for fishing and river travel, is known as a waka. The waka has not been dated, but the Maori arrived in New Zealand roughly a thousand years ago.

It took a couple of days to plan its excavation so that the seven-metre waka would not be damaged.

Finding the whole length of a waka is fairly rare, as usually only sections are found, such as the prow or stern.

Auckland Regional Council parks staff and locals carefully moved the waka on to a truck, which took it to a temporary home at the regional council depot.

“It’s difficult to date the waka because it may have been created from a tree many hundreds of years old, and there is no surrounding material that we can date,” says ARC historic heritage specialist Robert Brassey.

More on the discovery.


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