Lake Kairae dendroglyphs

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

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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Lake Kairae dendroglyphs -43.856188, -176.412888 Lake Kairae dendroglyphs 
Coordinates: 43.8562 S 176.4129 W
Categories: Prehistoric and ancient inscriptions
Values: Archaeology
Rating: (2 / 5)
Address: Australia and Oceania, Polynesia, New Zealand, Chatham Islands, north – east Rehoa, forest between Te Whanga Lagoon and Lake Kairae

Wonders of Chatham Islands

Mangere Islands, Chatham Islands
Mangere Islands / Dave Houston, Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 3.0
Like many remote islands of the Pacific ocean, Chatham islands are endowed with many unique species of plants and animals. But the greatest international acclaim have acquired unique monuments of culture – dendroglyphs which were created by Moriori people in the 16th – 19th centuries. Mysterious dendroglyphs as well as some petroglyph sites serve as a testimony of this interesting culture.

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