Farmers proud to be guardians

of ancient drawings

In South Canterbury, there are hundreds of Māori drawings on limestone rock - some of which could be up to 1,000 years old.

Peter Evans believes it was his grandfather who discovered the ancient drawings on cliffs that overlook his Pareora Gorge sheep and beef farm.

His grandfather developed an interest in rock art beyond what was on the family farm and passed his curiosity on to his children.

"He and his children in the 1920s went searching the area for rock drawings ... as they knew they were special and unique,"  Peter says.

When they found new sites they didn't tell many people for fear the drawings would be graffitied over and damaged.

Link to narrative and article: Farmers proud to be guardians of ancient drawings | RNZ


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