Bird eggs harvesting
Wednesday 30 September 2015
Fyfe R, Davis K. Harvesting of ngā hua manu(birds eggs) in Te Waipounamu (South Island), New Zealand. Records of the Canterbury Museum 2015 Vol 29: 35-45.
Selection of bird eggs from Canterbury Museum's collection
Eggshell is frequently found in archaeological sites throughout New Zealand, but its research potential has largely been ignored. This paper attempts to redress this omission.
By reviewing traditional and historical evidence and the known breeding biology of target species identified it has been possible to reconstruct the economic role of bird egg harvesting in Te Waipounamu (South Island).
See the paper in Records of the Canterbury Museum.
Records of the Canterbury Museum Volume 29 2015