A quarried landscape in the Hawaiian Islands

Weisler, Marshall (2011) A quarried landscape in the Hawaiian Islands. World Archaeology, 43 2: 298-317. doi:10.1080/00438243.2011.586197

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Author Weisler, Marshall
Title A quarried landscape in the Hawaiian Islands
Journal name World Archaeology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0043-8243
Publication date 2011-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00438243.2011.586197
Open Access Status
Volume 43
Issue 2
Start page 298
End page 317
Total pages 20
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Polynesian stone adze quarries anchor the system of tool production, distribution and consumption and are critical for examining changing social organization, symbolic values attributed to particular stone sources, economic intensification and ancient interaction. Although major adze quarries are known from most Polynesian archipelagos, a geologically informed archaeological survey was designed for discovering the variability in stone-tool-quality rock sources. Thirteen quarries and sources within the ~ 20,000 hectare traditional land unit of Kaluako‘i (literally, the adze pit) on Moloka‘i, Hawaiian Islands, vary considerably in size, production output and settlement context, suggesting that individual adze quarries were accorded different roles across the social landscape. Some sixty-four radiocarbon age determinations and U-series dates from quarries and habitation sites with artefacts originating from quarries, document the temporal sequence of use beginning in the Late Expansion Period (ad 1400–1650), at least two centuries after settlement of the island. Further studies will report on adze technology and on-going geochemical sourcing analyses.
Keyword Adze
Hawaiian Islands
Radiocarbon chronology
U-series dates
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: New approaches to stone mines and quarries: materials and materiality

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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