Historic features of Motukawanui Island

Pa site P04/39 located on the southern end of Motukawanui Island.
Pa site P04/39 located on the southern end of Motukawanui Island

The island has had a history of early settlement. A survey identified 70 archaeological sites that include 14 pa and 36 pit and terrace complexes.

The island has had a history of early settlement that included land clearance as its main priority for cultivation then farming. Fire was used to control the spread of re-vegetation. A survey of the island identified 70 archaeological sites that include 14 pa and 36 pit and terrace complexes. These features suggest that the island was inhabited by a relatively large population, before Europeans arrived.


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