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Ngā Tohuwhenua Mai Te Rangi: A New Zealand Archeology in Aerial Photographs


Because of the prominence of the evidence of pits and modified soils, gardening takes a great deal-of archaeological attention. Other Māori economic activities include fishing, both marine and freshwater, hunting and gathering birds and seals (including juveniles), quarrying of stone for adzes, and cooking in ovens. In the previous chapter about horticulture, we found that aerial photography could offer unique insights in the analysis of that activity. In this chapter, with the exception of the all too rare eel channels and their setting, and the soil marks of ovens, the aerial photographic record is chiefly of value in illustration rather than offering opportunities for close analysis.