Moa Bones from the Matthews Collection
Bone, Moa

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Collection Matthews
Description Bone, possibly Moa, peat-stained. Found on Bert Dick's farm, Te Hau, at Lake Grassmere. Has Latin writing on it.

Information from Professor Richard Holdaway of Canterbury Museum 25 August 2012: This is the left tarsometatarsus (foot) bone of an unknown species of moa. Archaeological, meaning 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 1985.035.0021
Object Name Bone, Moa
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Last modified on: December 19, 2014