Landscape archaeology and Puketapu hill - New Zealand
Landscape archaeology and Green archaeoastronomy is the study and use of natural features and sites used by the ancient civilisations. These are perfect for an astronomical observatory complex such as the Puketapu hill and Waitapu Valley complex in New Zealand. For a more indepth study visit celticnz.co.nz
Puketapu hill and the Waitapu Valley astronomy complex are a perfeact place and example where these subjects can be combined and studied. It is an amazing place.
Who built the astronomical complex, when and is it pre Maori?
Puketapu hill - horizon astronomy and the
Waitapu Valley complex
1. This mountain peak is on the northern side of the Hokianga Harbour (Pungaru) and is the most targeted northern mountain from many marked alignments of the Maunganui Bluff region
2. huge hubstone boulder sitting as an interim position between the northern mountain and the central summit of Maunganui Bluff. The plateau has ... cairn and standing stone markers
3. This is the plateau that has a large cairn observatory spread over it ... estimate the number to be in excess of 200. The cairn markers are set out symmetrically
4. This is the summit of the hill and has 8 sighting pits (some now faint) which orientate toward Maunganui Bluff and a high seaward hill on the northern side of the Waitapu Valley
5. In the slight saddle depression of the hill are a cluster of cairns and some boulder markers. This area was a junction for overland alignments
6. The huge buttress rock measuring about 12 feet square and visible for many miles. Its position high on the hill made it an obligatory marker
7. Down the ESE face are a number of cairns that face in the direction of the tor mound hump of the Waitapu Valley's northern ridge
ANCIENT STANDING STONE CIRCLES AND LANDMAPPING TRIG POSITIONS IN THE WAITAPU VALLEY OF NORTHLAND, NEW ZEALAND | celticnz.co.nz
Puketapu hill is a part of the horizon astronomy of the Waitapu Valley complex where natural and man modified natural landscapes were used to not just track the solar bodies but also, it is suggested, to map and survey the land.
Various local landmarks are used as pointers and markers. There are cuts into the landscape such as both ends of one side of the Waitapu Valley - these are used as solar markers and also as trigonometry points and height markers.
Puketapu hill has a number of features on and around its sides. On its top are the obvious stone Cairns, there are a lot of them. It is suggested by celticnz.co.nz that they are not collapsed Beehive houses like at Tapapakanga Park or Waipoua Forest Stone City.
Puketapu hill has man made features such as fallen standing stones and circles (on flattened areas), rectangular shallow pits and the remains of a large long stone "wall" on its top.
These features were used by whoever built these structures and complexes as astronomy aides and to survey the land of New Zealand. An ancient version of GPS.
On the road to Puketapu hill you will see a couple of large area standing stone circles in the farmers field.
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