Moa Bones from the Matthews Collection
Bone, Moa

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Description Leg bone, probably Moa, peat-stained. Found on Bert Dick's farm, Te Hau, at Lake Grassmere.

Information from Professor Richard Holdaway of Canterbury Museum 25 August 2012: This is a right tibiotarsus (shin) bone, lacking proximal end of Emeus crassus (Easter moa). Archaeological, meaning it has been cooked and eaten.

Te Hau, the Dick's farm, was on the north side of Lake Grassmere near the World War 2 bomb-aiming bunker. It was originally a swamp and most of the bones were excavated during ploughing. All the bones found here are stained with peat from the swamp.

Object ID 1985.035.0001
Object Name Bone, Moa
People Dick, Albert Douglas (Bert)
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Last modified on: December 19, 2014