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Matakawau Stingray Point Pa excavation, Ahuahu Great Mercury Island 1955-56

Louise Furey, Joshua Emmitt and Rod Wallace
Auckland War Memorial Museum
December 2017


The 1955-56 excavation of Matakawau, a pa (fortified site) on the western side of Ahuahu Great Mercury Island, is described. A terrace low on the slope above the natural cliff defences contained five storage pits, dug at different times, and some with multi-period use. The terrace seems to have been used exclusively for storage, with unusual drainage features not reported elsewhere.

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