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Walter Mantell's sketch of the departure from Awamoa, 1852

Walter Mantell's sketch of the departure from Awamoa, 1852

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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Pen and ink drawing by Walter Baldock Durrant Mantell

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Peter Clayworth, 'Anthropology and archaeology - Colonial anthropology and archaeology, 1840 to 1890', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/44410/walter-mantells-sketch-of-the-departure-from-awamoa-1852 (accessed 1 October 2020)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 22 Oct 2014