Long Beach Midden

Beach Road, Long Beach, Purakanui

  • Long Beach Midden.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 1 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 5681 Date Entered 4th April 1984


City/District Council

Dunedin City


Otago Region

Legal description

Sec 1-2 of Sec 40, Blk IV, North Harbour and Blueskin SD, Otago Land District

Location description

Site is located at Long Beach, Purakina, not far from Beach Road.


Archaeological Features: Eroding midden in edge of drain.

Supporting Evidence: An exploratory excavation in 1977 found two main cultural horizons; an early horizon dated by radiocarbon to between 350 and 700 years old containing animal bones and Archaic artefacts, and a later horizon less than 350 years old containing animal bones and many classic artefacts.

Assessment: The midden contains remains of Archaic Maori occupation stratified below Classic Maori occupation. It is largely undisturbed, which is an extremely unusual situation for an Otago site and it is therefore a rare, possibly unique site important for understanding the culture change from Archaic to Classic Maori in Murihiku.


Additional informationopen/close

Construction Dates

Public NZAA Number


Completion Date

26th April 1982

Report Written By

B. McFadgen

Information Sources

New Zealand Journal of Archaeology

New Zealand Journal of Archaeology

H. Leach and J. Hamel, 'Archaic and Classic Maori Relationships at Long Beach, Otago: the Artefacts and Activity Areas', 1981, vol. 3, pp.109-141

Other Information

Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.