Kohala is HOT!

Let’s get back to the HEAT. Archaeology on Pacific Islands can be wet or dry, but most of the time it is HOT– scorching, drill-your-brain HOT. This photo was taken from beneath our ubiquitous ‘shade tarps’, which we installed over excavation units in Leeward Kohala. Anna Browne-Ribeiro and I are extracting marine shell midden from a seiving screen in this photo. The ahupua’a (traditional land-division) of Kalala was rich with farmland and a rocky coast for fishing and collecting mollusks. We found the remains of 1000s of ancient meals embedded in the floors of Hawaiian houses. Malama ‘aina.

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