The first people to settle New Zealand

By Rebecca Priestley In Science

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29th September, 2012
Are New Zealand’s standing stones and tors part of an elaborate network of survey points and astronomical observatories built by an ancient Celtic culture? Or were the Phoenicians the first to settle Aotearoa? Before the 200AD Taupo eruption, people from this Mediterranean culture lived beside Lake Taupo, where they built pyramid-style houses and carved rock faces. Well, that’s what some people say. At a recent NZ Skeptics conference, “alternative archaeology” was among the woo-woo – including 20th-century food fads, quack medical treatments and the evolution vs creation “debate” ...

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