For many years a small but dedicated group of archaeologists and researchers
have been exploring one of New Zealand’s most taboo subjects
– the question of whether or not settlements existed in New Zealand
prior to the arrival of the “first canoes” of the Maori.
While thanks in part to their work,
the fact that New Zealand was populated prior to the arrival of Maori settlers has now been well established
(despite the reluctance of some people to acknowledge it),
the discovery in 1874 of an ancient carved tree stump
is potentially the most important archeological “anomaly”ever found in this country.
The reason? It could be 150,000 years old.
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