Story: Human effects on the environment

Wairau Bar archaeological site

The Wairau Bar at the mouth of the Wairau River in Marlborough is one of the oldest archaeological sites in New Zealand. Artefacts have been radiocarbon dated at about 1300 AD. The aerial view gives an overall impression of the site, and the pop-up shows excavations under way.

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Janet Wilmshurst, 'Human effects on the environment - Early human impact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 September 2021)

Story by Janet Wilmshurst, published 24 Sep 2007