Excavations at Cook’s Cove, Tolaga Bay, New Zealand


  • Richard Walter University of Otago
  • Chris Jacomb University of Otago
  • Emma Brooks University of Otago


New Zealand, archaeology, Holocene, Cook’s Cove, East Coast, moa


The Cook’s Cove site (Z17/311) on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand is an unusual example of an archaeological site spanning close to the full duration of the New Zealand prehistoric sequence. In addition to a record of Polynesian activities, the site is also well known as the type site for the North Island Holocene stratigraphy. Recent excavations at Cook’s Cove have resulted in a reinterpretation of the nature of Polynesian occupation and adaptation in this part of the North Island. The application of an ‘event phase’ interpretative approach provides the means for reconstructing a detailed history of environmental processes and their relationships to cultural activities over a period of 700 years.


How to Cite

Walter, R., Jacomb, C. and Brooks, E. (2011) “Excavations at Cook’s Cove, Tolaga Bay, New Zealand”, Journal of Pacific Archaeology, 2(1), pp. 1–28. Available at: https://pacificarchaeology.org/index.php/journal/article/view/44 (Accessed: 22 June 2024).




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