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Prehistoric Man in Palliser Bay

Encountering 1,000 years of life in Palliser Bay

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Edited by Foss Leach and Helen Leach

Publication date: February 2021
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $50.00
Extent: 272 pages
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-9951384-1-4

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Out of print for many years and republished at the request of mana whenua, Prehistoric Man in Palliser Bay presents the results of a pioneering, multifaceted, archaeological research programme carried out between 1969 and 1972 on the south-eastern coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Its 14 papers by nine authors review archaeological evidence from the time of first settlement from Polynesia through to the 19th century.

The programme’s more than 25 excavations focussed on midden sites, house areas, kumara storage pits and prehistoric gardens. Laboratory analysis of middens revealed details of the history of fishing, birding and sea mammal hunting.

Artefacts of stone, bone and shell are described, and analysis of land snails provides evidence for environmental change during the period of occupation. Analysis of human bone samples provided detailed medical histories of the people who lived in the region. Two concluding chapters consider the significance of the evidence for early horticulture in Palliser Bay and the nature of prehistoric communities in the area.

About the editors

Foss Leach CNZM is a New Zealand prehistorian. A strong advocate of collaborative cross-disciplinary research in archaeological science, he has published more than 100 scientific papers and books. He has contributed scholarly evidence to the Waitangi Tribunal for both the Crown and Māori claimants for hearings of Ngāi Tahu, Muriwhenua, Te Rorora and Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa. He has carried out archaeological fieldwork in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Micronesia. In 1988 he founded the Archaeozoology Laboratory at the Museum of New Zealand and was its curator until 2001, when he retired. He has served as an officer of many New Zealand and international organisations concerned with archaeology and has held a number of honorary fellowships in New Zealand and abroad.

Helen Leach ONZM is an Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Otago and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. She has a special interest in the anthropology of domestic life, including cooking and gardening. With her sisters Mary Browne and Nancy Tichborne, she has co-authored ten books on growing and cooking vegetables and on bread making. Her most recent book is Kitchens, a history of the New Zealand kitchen in the 20th century. She was awarded a Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture Medal for contributions in Garden History in 2008. In 2019 she became an Associate of Honour in the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture (AHRIH).

Publication date: February 2021
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $50.00
Extent: 272 pages
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-9951384-1-4

Buy the book here