Small screens, small fish and the diversity of pre-European Māori fish catches

  • Matthew Campbell CFG Heritage Ltd
  • Reno Nims Anthropology, University of Auckland

Abstract

Recent analyses of archaeological fishbone assemblages from the upper North Island have identified taxa that have either not previously been recorded – pilchard (Sardinops sagax) and piper (Hyporhamphus ihi) – or that have only been rarely recorded – yellow-eyed mullet (Aldrichetta forsteri) and grey mullet (Mugil cephalus). We show that by sieving with small mesh screens and by identifying a wider range of elements than has conventionally been identified, these taxa become quite common in assemblages. We briefly consider the implications for both archaeological analysis and pre-European Māori fisheries.

Published
2019-12-04
How to Cite
Campbell, M. and Nims, R. (2019) “Small screens, small fish and the diversity of pre-European Māori fish catches”, Journal of Pacific Archaeology, 10(2), pp. 43-54. Available at: https://pacificarchaeology.org/index.php/journal/article/view/290 (Accessed: 10December2019).
Section
Research Reports

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