Landscape Archaeology - Tapapakanga Park, NZ
Landscape archaeology has a classic example at Tapapakanga Park, North Island, New Zealand. The collapsed Beehive style stone houses form lines, avenues and are surrounded by man made or modified banks of earth.
Tapapakanga Park is suggested to be a stone field but a couple of minutes at the site will show you that it is an ancient settlement. The collapsed stone houses/structures show that Tapapakanga Park was an old living area.
Are the stone piles found at Tapapakanga Park and Waipoua Forest Stone City collapsed stone Beehive huts? For an idea of what they could have looked like would they have been variations of the stone huts called Girna's found on the island of Malta?
Green archeoastronomy and Horizon astronomy
Landscape archaeology and green archeoastronomy (horizon astronomy) can be seen at Tapapakanga Park, especially during the special solar days the summer and winter Solstices. As you can see above and read below from the celticnz site.
These solar observatories lie scattered over the length and breadth of New Zealand in whatsoever locations ancient pre-Maori people settled in sizeable numbers. They were very important for checking and regulating the calendar, to keep all planting and harvesting optimised and happening on the correct days during the year, thus ensuring the greatest chance of abundant returns.
Researcher, Barry Taylor squats down in a specially built, ancient sighting pit at Tapapakanga Park, near Thames, NZ to observe the Southern Hemisphere's Winter Solstice sunrise on the distant Coromandel Ranges. From the hilltop sighting pit, which was built by the ancient Patu-paiarehe surveyor-astronomers, the Winter Solstice sun gives a very precise "first glint" fix in a conspicuous "V" trough on the range.
The ancient people built a large beehive house, hovel dome village at Tapapakanga, complete with two large ampitheatres, a stone-lined water course and many mounds or other structures in the sheltered valley by the sea. The late-era Maori warriors attacked them and survivors fled into the seclusion of the rugged Coromandel and Hunua Ranges to hide.
Down in the valley where the remains of the village structures are found, Barry stands on a specially built hump that relates to both the Winter Solstice and Equinox sunrises.
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