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'Moa-hunter' implements

The flint implements in these drawings were found by geologist Julius Haast at an early Māori archaeological site at the mouth of the Rakaia River. The drawings were published in the Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute. Haast became convinced that an early pre-Māori people had hunted the moa to extinction, a view disputed by other scholars. Debates over early peoples and the moa were common among the learned members of New Zealand's philosophical institutes during the 19th century.

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Reference: Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 4 (1871), plate 7

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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/zoomify/44411/moa-hunter-implements (accessed 1 October 2020)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 22 Oct 2014