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Researchers are calling for the protection of round boulders on an Auckland hilltop that they say are of international historical importance and were placed there by an ancient pre-Maori society.
The site is being gouged by earthmoving machinery for a new hospital at Silverdale, next to the Orewa-Whangaparaoa turnoff. Martin Doutre, author of the book, Ancient Celtic New Zealand, and fellow researcher Russell Ireland say that only two large boulders remain out of a dozen.
One has a girth of 3m. Many smaller ones have been smashed, they say. The cluster of boulders was uncovered 38 years ago when roadmakers cut into the crown of the scrub-covered hill.
"It sparked a lot of mystery over how they got there," said Mr Doutre. "They were concretion boulders, which can only form in sea sediments, yet they had made it to the top of this high, yellow clay hill."
Patu-paiarehe legendry in the North Island, so far as my enquiries go, is associated chiefly with the forested peaks of the Waikato-Waipa basin, the Cape Colville-Te Aroha range, and the hills about Lake Rotorua; in the South Island the hills around Lyttelton Harbour and Akaroa, and the Takitimu range. The information which follows was given by several kaumatuas of the Ngati-Maniapoto and Waikato, the Ngati-Ihenga and Ngati-Tunohopu hapus of Te Arawa; in the South Island by elders of the Ngai-Tahu and Ngati-Mamoe.
placed exactly on a line of mound and cairn structures stretching for more than 70km through the Auckland isthmus
Originally posted by SLAYER69
If this is true its a travesty!
Has anybody done any serious archeological studies yet?
I loved the Wall link I'm amazed, I love this stuff
Sigh: Now I have to go read up on the "WALL"
I need a life.
S & F