Accession Number : ADA128312


Title :   Archaeological and Paleontological Salvage at Barbers Point, Oahu


Corporate Author : BERNICE P BISHOP MUSEUM HONOLULU HI DEPT OF ANTHROPOLOGY


Personal Author(s) : Sinoto, Aki


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a128312.pdf


Report Date : Mar 1978


Pagination or Media Count : 133


Abstract : The archaeological salvage examined five sites, four previously known and one newly located. Twenty-five portable artifacts (from six archaeological sites and one paleontological site) were recovered, and a set of hydration-rind dates, ranging in the 17th century, were obtained on basaltic glass from one site. Samples of midden, land snails, and soil were collected and analyzed. The paleontological salvage covered thirteen unmodified sinkhole sites. A large inventory of fossil avifaunal remains was recovered. Especially notable was the discovery of nearly articulated skeletal remains of extinct species in the large, flooded sinkhole located in the limestone quarry. Analysis of birdbone material is still in process. No evidence of any association between the fossil avifaunal assemblage of extinct birds and cultural remains was revealed. Although some interpretations for individual sites have been made, based on data recovered during the salvage operations, the number of archaeological sites in the federal project area represented only a small portion (4%) of the total number of sites recorded for Barbers Point. Thus interpretation of these sites in the context of the larger sphere of settlement patterns at Barbers Point has not been attempted. Results of similar investigations, funded by the State of Hawaii for the remaining 88% of the sited area, may allow a more complete understanding of all salvaged sites, as well as the prehistory of the Barbers Point area.


Descriptors :   *ARCHEOLOGY , *PALEONTOLOGY , ARTIFACTS , FOSSILS , HAWAII , LAND AREAS , SAMPLING , SITES , SURVEYS


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE