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Maori artifacts founds in New Zealand rock shelters

Various artifacts, including a fragment of a Maori sleeping mat or food bag, have been found in New Zealand’s Roxburgh Gorge.

Doc community relations ranger Jacob Dexter said they spent two days earlier this month going through all the rock shelters on crown land in the gorge “looking for anything that could potentially be important”.

He said the flax was found in a shelter that was “clearly European”, of stacked stone construction, and though they did not know the history of the hut, the flax appeared to be “of Maori weave” and the position in the hut “indicated it could be a sleeping mat or food bag, but we are not sure because it is only a fragment”.

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Story: Sarah Marquet, Otago Daily Times | Photo: Otago Daily Times

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