Takiroa Rock Art Site
Kurow-Duntroon Road, State Highway 83, Duntroon
List Entry Information
List Entry Status
List Entry Type
Historic Place Category 2
Able to Visit
16th April 1985
SECT 116A, Otakaieke Settlement, DP 16208 (CT OT 77809), Otago Land District
3.5km north-west of Duntroon Township, along State Highway 83
This historic place is the main rock art shelter at what is known as the Takiroa Rock Art Site. The rock art is protected by metal caging on a portion of land vested in Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu. The earliest known European recordings of rock art in New Zealand were taken here by Walter Mantell, who sketched a group of drawings of the site in 1852. In 1896 the site was photographed by Augustus Hamilton, then director of the Otago Museum. These early recordings are extremely important as many of the figures shown by Mantell and Hamilton were later removed from the shelter by a visiting American scholar, Dr J. L. Elmore.
Historical Significance or Value
The Takiroa Historic Area is of historical significance as being one of the earliest archaeological recordings in New Zealand, with observations of the area made by Walter Mantell in 1852, and Augustus Hamilton in 1896.
Public NZAA Number
16th July 2008
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