Digging in a muddy drain today I came upon a tiny piece of gum, then a very nice piece (far better than that crubly fossilised piece).
I’m assuming it’s Kauri, looks like it might have been cut.
Recently read this little book on the old gum diggers - very indepth with lots of photos.
One interesting point was the price changes, they would trim dirty bits off the gum and throw them on the fire. After a few years these shavings actually became the most valuable part of the gum!
Also had a chance visit to the Kauri Museum in Matakohe - really beautiful collection there!