Rapota adze production site, Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Although not 'ancient' in terms of that stipulated on the entry description, this site represents a prehistoric, stone age site found in the Cook Islands. Pre-dating the arrival of western ships, this small basalt island is part of the Aitutaki island chain and was used to manufacture adze rough outs prior to them being moved and refined else where. Today, all that can be found on the island are crabs, pigs and waste flakes as a bi-product from the manufacturing process, littering the ground surface. This would have been an important site for the pre-historic, Polynesian inhabitants.