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800-year-old stone tool found underneath demolished post office

An 800-year-old stone adze has been found at the location of an ancient Maori village underneath a demolished post office in New Zealand.

Because of the nature of the soil at the post office site, no evidence of wooden structures, including waka, remained as they would have rotted, Couch said.

However, the midden showed evidence of fires, and a variety of food remains including paua shells, seal bones and fish bones.

Couch said that showed that while Maori would not have lived for long periods on the site, it would have been used periodically for years.

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Story: Charley Mann and Genevieve Robinson, Stuff.co.nz| Photo: Stuff.co.nz

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