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Kakahu Bush and Maori petroglyphs (rock art)
« on: September 03, 2010, 21:04:24 »
Kakahu Bush and Maori petroglyphs (rock art)

kakahu bush New Zealand and its limestone ridge

Kakahu Bush in New Zealand is a very pleasant area and natural park famous for its limestone kilns, fossils and minerals. It is situated in an area of immense amount of Maori petroglyphs (rock art).

Kakahu Bush (Hall Road, off State Highway 79)

Two charitable trusts manage this area and its unique features which are open to the public. Kakahu Bush is a protected area of rare fossils and balancing rocks and a place of tranquility and history. The Kakahu lime kiln made of limestone and marble, was built in 1881. Tram lines from the hilltop ran to the kiln where lime was smeltered and used for buildings and agriculture. Nearby is the old wood framed Kakahu School.
Kakahu Bush |

maori petroglyphs (rock art) and the squatter man (squatting man) image/carving found around the world

the Maori petroglyphs (rock carvings) pose a number of very serious questions for the official history of Maori history or perhaps for one of the Electric Universe theories main ideas - the high energy plasma discharge that was the squatter man image found all around the world

pleaseant point and kakahu bush location and area for maori petroglyphs - the squatter man images are found on the ridge

the location of Kakahu Bush is in the main area for Maori petroglyphs (Maori rock art) and Kakahu Bush area itself says gEUlogy when you look at it on google earth and visit it. gorges, limestone ridges, fossils, Kakahu marble, very strange shaped boulders and rocks just laying in the countyside.

Kakahu Bush and strange limestone formations

The marble at Marble Bay in Northland and at Lee River in east Nelson is Permian in age, at Kakahu Bush it is Carboniferous, and at Dunback it is Triassic.

South Canterbury - A small quantity of marble (Kakahu Limestone) has been quarried from a calcareous lens in Haast Schist (Torlesse greywacke) at Kakahu, near Geraldine. The marble is of relatively high grade and has returned an average value of 94.8% CaCO3 for three samples (Morgan, 1919). Although up to 30 m thick at the quarry face it is of limited lateral extent (Hitching, 1979).
Mineral Commodity Report 21 - Limestone, marble and dolomite |

Kakahu Bush New Zealand and its strange shaped limestone rocks and boulders

this strange shaped boulder is found below the large limestone ridge near Kakahu Bush gorge/river entrance (opposite side of the valley). there are a number of unusual shaped very large boulders in the area, including one that is a parallelogram shape (my whole mission in life is to work out 3 things, 1 of them is how/why that rock was formed like it was).

what is strange about the rock shown above is that along the bottom of the "neck" there is a hole in the rock

Kakahu Bush gorge - autistic image of its river/stream ;)

the questions of the Maori Squatter Man

maori rock carvings (rock art) - the squatter man

the image of the squatter man and other types of petroglyphs (rock carvings) that are found in New Zealand  are similar to the petroglyphs and rock art found in australia and around the world. the Electric Universe theory suggests these are a plasma discharge event seen in the skies by our ancestors and that is why the same very strange and unexplainable (in a Gravity Universe) images were carved into rock by everyone around the world.

the plasma discharge seems to have occured near the south pole. the squatter man rock carvings are found on rock faces pointing north, shielded by a natural rock barrier - either a mountain/hill range in the distance or the rock where the petroglyphs are being carved on. this was to shield the artists from the high energy synchrotron radiation being emitted by the plasma discharge.

the squatter man rock carving found at Kakahu Bush follows these guidelines. the squatter man image is found on a bit of rock where the ridge goes eastwards and the rockf face is pointing north. you can imagine the rock artist poking his head out quickly to record the amazing image in the sky for future generations.

so ... what are the questions arising from Maori rock art and the squatting man petroglyphs?

official Maori history is that the Maoris arrived in New Zealand around 900 years ago and the land was not occupied by any one else, they were the first people to go to New Zealand and live there.

if the rock art is Maori then this could mean a number of things
*they copied and brought it over from where they lived before
*a squatter man event happened within the last 900 or the only 1 happened this recently

if official Maori history is correct and the images were inspired by what was seen in the skies then this means that the squatter man image and the plasam discharge happened more recently than is suggested by the Electric Universe theory followers.

if this is not correct then this could mean that the Maoris were here before that or that these images were recorded by a previous race of people who lived in New Zealand before the Maoris.

for some reason (money?) the idea of suggesting that there were a race of peoples before the Maoris is considered taboo and racist. although there appears to be evidence not just from the Maori oral history but from physcial sites that are found around New Zealand

North Otago, South Canterbury Maori rock art records history

The drawings in Maori rock art depict human figures, moa and bird-like figures, fish, taniwha, the huge extinct pouakai (or Haast's Eagle), canoes, mythological figures and mysterious recurring motifs.

Maori rock art is found at more than 550 sites in the South Island and more lies hidden, waiting to be discovered. More than 95 per cent of the art is located on private land. Most sites are rarely visited.

Rock art drawings range from a single faded symbol on a weatherbeaten rock to murals up to 20m long, drawn under the overhangs of limestone outcrops.

The images are especially prolific in South Canterbury and North Otago. The density of sites in zones near Pleasant Point and Oamaru is astonishing. For example, there is a cluster of 48 sites in a 2sq km zone near Pleasant Point. Virtually every limestone outcrop has drawings.

For the past three years, a French anthropologist and behavioural archaeologist, Dr Yann-Pierre Montelle, has been methodically mapping, describing and photographing the South Island's Maori rock art.

He does this fieldwork for the Ngai Tahu Maori Rock Art Trust, a non-profit organisation established to protect and manage the sites. The project is called Simrap (South Island Maori Rock Art Project) which involves using the data to create an electronic database that will form the basis of protection and conservation measures at the sites and a resource for ongoing research.

The trust is developing a tourism operation, the Maori Rock Art Centre (expected to open in Timaru's Landing Service building early next year), to provide funding for this work.

Dr Montelle (44) has lived in Christchurch with his New Zealand wife for the past three years. He first learned about Simrap from Lady Fiona Elworthy, whom he met while visiting a rock art site on her family's Craigmore Station soon after arriving in the country.

A specialist in human behaviour in caves, he lectures on cave art archaeology and human evolution at the University of Canterbury, as well as spending about three months a year researching rock and cave art in Australia and Europe.

He believes the reason why New Zealanders know so little about Maori rock art is that it was discovered by Europeans at a time of ‘‘antiquarianism'', when the drawings were dismissed as ‘‘doodles'', difficult to understand and a less interesting manifestation of Maori culture than artefacts like tools or sites such as pa.

Although fieldworkers had collected pieces since the late 19th century, they were not considered beautiful enough to be prominently displayed in museums, he said.

As a result, Maori rock art had suffered from public ignorance and a lack of scientific inquiry.

‘‘There has been very little work done here, so there is nothing to show.

‘‘On the world map of rock art, there is no dot on New Zealand. One of my jobs is to put the dot on that map.

‘‘People around the world are just starting to get very interested in it.''

The only reference book on Maori rock art - Michael Trotter and Beverley McCulloch's 36-year-old Prehistoric Rock Art in New Zealand - was dated, Dr Montelle said.

Dr Montelle will contribute to a couple of books being produced by the trust over the next few years, one of which he expects will be a photographic work accessible to non-academic readers.

Dr Montelle's fieldwork is building on the work started in 1990 by archaeologists Brian Allingham and Atholl Anderson.

So far he has visited and catalogued about 200 of the South Island's 550 known sites. He usually spends three days at a time in the field, spending anywhere between an hour to two days mapping and documenting a single site.

Using a GPS receiver and laser distance meter, he fixes the location of each site, then collects distance and angle data, all of which is transmitted to a wireless handheld computer.

At the end of each trip, back in the office, he uploads the data on to a computer to create a map that shows the position of each drawing within a site, then plots the sites on a Google Earth map.

This is complemented by high-resolution photographs and detailed written descriptions of each drawing.

Within two years, he expects to have mapped all known sites.

The real fun would begin when the database was complete, Dr Montelle said. It would form the basis of attempts to answer the big questions hanging over the rock art: Who drew them? When? And why?

The drawings might have started with the first wave of people into the South Island between 700 and 1000 years ago.

Although it was impossible to know their intent, Dr Montelle thought their early motive to draw was purely functional, to make ‘‘spatial markers''- in other words, road signs.

‘‘People who are walking the land, looking for things, finding things - you create a story for a specific area to help you remember it.''

He believed the markers were gradually elaborated on, made to depict local mythology and, perhaps, the genealogy of the sites' visitors.

Interpreting the meanings of drawings made after contact with Europeans could be informed by the memories of descendants living today.

However, drawings made before this were beyond interpretation, Dr Montelle said.

The best academics could do was make propositions and test these with scientific analysis.

One of the most exciting prospects for the future of research into Maori rock art was the opportunity to situate it in an international context, he said. Comparative analysis of rock art found on islands in the Pacific Ocean could improve knowledge of migratory patterns. One of the best ways of learning more about the image makers and their movements was to analyse the charcoal and red and yellow ochre pigments they used, he said.

Some drawings were made using dry pigments, which had made them especially prone to disintegration and fading.

Other drawings were made with oil binders mixed into the pigments to make them longer lasting, suggesting a desire on the part of the image makers to pass on their stories to their descendants.

Because Dr Montelle visited sites that were rarely visited, he approached them with the attitude of a forensic analyst.

‘‘When I go to a site, I more or less go to a crime scene.''

There were no big clues, so he looked for the little clues - to electron microscopic level.

Dr Montelle said South Canterbury people should treasure the rock art as a fragile cultural asset.

‘‘It gives South Canterbury a universal dimension, because rock art is universal.

‘‘It's a proto language - the first form of language that was purposely placed to be read. If you don't protect it, it's gone.''

Because of the natural ‘‘exfoliation'' of limestone, many of the drawings were in an advanced state of degradation. Unlike the cave drawings of Australia and Europe, they were exposed to the weather and would slowly continue to fade away. Few were fenced off from stock, which sheltered in the same overhangs the image makers chose for their drawings, he said.

Dr Montelle said Timaru's Maori rock art centre would help Ngai Tahu remedy this lack of protection, both financially and by raising awareness.

Although he believed being a foreigner was an advantage for his fieldwork, he believed the only people who could fully appreciate the rock art were the descendants of those who created it.

‘‘It must be amazing to come and see a moment in time of your ancestor, just a few generations down the line.''
North Otago, South Canterbury Maori rock art records history |
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