GaryWords 03 – Viking Influence in Early New Zealand

There is an area locally where I live in New Zealand that has earthworks consisting of level terraces surrounding a hilltop with dugouts or pits set into the terraces, and there are other features here also including what definitely appears to be a dew pond, as would be found say in Ireland.  These earthworks were established here well before the relatively modern-day arrival of people from Europe or United Kingdom in the late 1700’s.

Over the years various individually renowned people in their fields have visited this area; archaeologists, historians, anthropologists and other, and in most or all instances, when on the site, and because of the sites similarity in earthworks between here and similar sites in the U.K., conversation goes immediately to the U.K. or England in particular,  and rarely if ever to Polynesia.  This has always had me puzzled. Celts, Normans and other cultures are mentioned.

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