Walter Mantell's sketch shows the digging party carrying away loads of moa bones from Awamoa in North Otago on 29 December 1852. Mantell conducted a number of New Zealand's earliest archaeological digs, removing hundreds of moa bones and accompanying artefacts. The information gained was minimal, as little attempt was made to record the details of material before it was removed. Mantell applied the name Awamoa (which means moa river) to a creek that was originally called Awakokomaka.
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