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New Zealand archaeologists probe Maori midden

Archaeologists in New Zealand have begun work on revealing what lies inside a prehistoric midden on land occupied by Maori before the 1850s.

Mr Taylor was able to point out different layers of the prehistoric midden at the bottom, and to a post and an old wooden kerb in an upper layer where the first road was constructed in the 1850s.

Early colonials had probably taken fill from the Putiki Dr area and covered over the midden, where early Whanganui Maori had lived and cooked their food, Mr Taylor said.

“A lot of the day-to-day things have taken place here,” he said.

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