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Lake Kairae dendroglyphs

WorldBlue  In short

OOne of five groups of Chatham dendroglyphs is Lake Kairae dendroglyphs.

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GPS coordinates
43.8562 S 176.4129 W
Location, address
Australia and Oceania, Polynesia, New Zealand, Chatham Islands, north – east Rehoa, forest between Te Whanga Lagoon and Lake Kairae
Prehistoric and ancient inscriptions

Map of the site

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WorldYellow In detail

During the review and counting in November – December 1998 (1) here were found 16 trees with 22 carvings. Researchers though were not convinced that they found all trees – there might be more.

Lake Kairae nature reserve area was fenced to prevent grazing in the late 1970s – early 1980s.

Main article about Chatham Island dendroglyphs with more information: Hapupu dendroglyphs.

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Where the Rekohu Bone Sings

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Chatham Islands: Heritage and Conservation

Revised and expanded to include up-to-date information, this new edition describes the Chatham Islands with emphasis on their geology, flora, fauna, habitats, and extinct and endangered species on land, in freshwater, and in the sea. Beginning with an introduction to the human history of the islands, this guide enumerates the many reserves and covenants that have been established to protect and conserve the islands’ heritage.

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