In the first time, researchers have found a way to preserve a record of human occupation of New Zealand for the first 3,200 years.
They found evidence of humans and animals living together, and they also found evidence that the island had been occupied by other groups for a longer time.
“The most recent occupation is 3,300 years ago, which is more than 4,000 days before Christ,” said archaeologist and lead author of the study, Dr. Mark Wilson.
The researchers believe the ancient occupation is an indication that New Zealand was more settled than people think.
“What’s happening here is a very good indication that the settlement and the agricultural system were much more advanced, and that this is probably why the people who settled here survived longer,” Wilson said.
“They were able to adapt their way of life.”
“If you look at a human footprint, it’s a very, very, relatively simple footprint.
You could just see the skin, the hair, the bones.
And we can make a very convincing case that the footprints were made by people who were walking and moving around and had no clothes on, no shoes on, and who were making fire from the fires that they were building,” he said.
The study is the latest to suggest that people on New Zealand were using fire to help them survive in a changing world.
It’s a theory that was initially suggested in the 1980s by archaeologist Bruce Cumming, who speculated that the country’s earliest settlements were built on fire.
“In that paper, we’re able to show that we were building settlements on fire,” Cumming said.
New Zealand has the oldest settlement in the world, dating to 5,000 BC.
“I think it’s quite interesting because, if you look, there’s a lot of evidence of people moving around.
They’re moving about,” Wilson added.
The team, which includes archaeologists from the University of Otago, the University at Wellington, and the University College of New England, has been working on their findings since 2012.
The new study has been published in the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaesthetics and Palaeobiology.
It is the first to show evidence of a culture that lived at least 3,100 years before Christ.
Wilson said that’s more than the average time that archaeologists think New Zealanders have lived in this part of the world.
“You can argue that there were other settlements, but it’s not just one,” he explained.
“There are lots of different cultures out there, so you can say there were others that lived here.”
“It’s an amazing thing to see in New Britain, and to be able to say, ‘We have a culture here that was here 3,600 years ago and we have the evidence for it.'”
“It makes it look very different than we would expect,” Wilson continued.
“If we’re just looking at the bones, there is a lot more evidence of this.”
“The first archaeological evidence for this was when we found a piece of bone, that was the first evidence of human activity, so that tells you how far back we have to go in the history to have this kind of evidence.”
“But the bones are very important because they tell us when people were living here,” Wilson told ABC News.
New Zealand’s first human settlementThe research is a follow up to Wilson’s recent work on how humans came to settle New Zealand.””
It’s really exciting.”
New Zealand’s first human settlementThe research is a follow up to Wilson’s recent work on how humans came to settle New Zealand.
“It was a very exciting time, because we had an opportunity to see the earliest human occupation in New England,” he recalled.
“So we were able at that point to get a very early estimate of how far people had to travel before they reached the mainland.”
“That was a really important thing for us to do because we were going to have to determine whether the people living here were as far back as we thought they were, or whether they were farther away.”
Wilson said that in his research, they found evidence for people building wooden boats from a site called the Bays of the Great Barrier Reef.
“This is one of the oldest human occupation sites in New New Zealand, and it was really exciting to find this evidence of early human activity there,” he added.
“But we also know that the first human settlements were all made of timber, and so this really suggests that the people that settled in New York and New England were building wooden structures out of timber.”