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Shellfish traditionally eaten by Māori

Shellfish traditionally eaten by Māori

This table lists the wide variety of shellfish whose shells archaeologists have found discarded in middens (ancient rubbish sites). Today, Māori still gather shellfish but from a much more limited range.

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Source: Margaret S. Morley, Seashells of New Zealand. Auckland: New Holland, 2004, and Andrew Crowe, Which seashell? Auckland: Penguin, 1999

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Shellfish - Food and other uses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/diagram/9360/shellfish-traditionally-eaten-by-maori (accessed 13 August 2020)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006