230 Thorium dating of toolstone procurement strategies, production scale and ritual practices at the Mauna Kea adze quarry complex, Hawai‘i

McCoy, Patrick C., Nees, Richard, Weisler, Marshall I. and Zhao, Jian-Xin (2012) 230 Thorium dating of toolstone procurement strategies, production scale and ritual practices at the Mauna Kea adze quarry complex, Hawai‘i. Journal of the Polynesian Society, 121 4: 407-420.

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Author McCoy, Patrick C.
Nees, Richard
Weisler, Marshall I.
Zhao, Jian-Xin
Title 230 Thorium dating of toolstone procurement strategies, production scale and ritual practices at the Mauna Kea adze quarry complex, Hawai‘i
Journal name Journal of the Polynesian Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0032-4000
2230-5955
Publication date 2012-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 121
Issue 4
Start page 407
End page 420
Total pages 14
Place of publication Auckland, New Zealand
Publisher Polynesian Society
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
230 Thorium dates on unweathered pieces of branch coral from the Mauna Kea Adze Quarry Complex suggest that a significant part of this quarry, the largest in the Hawaiian Islands, was in use by the mid-14th to mid-15th centuries AD. The dates also point to the high probability of labor intensive mining of subsurface toolstone by this date, in addition to the much easier strategy of procuring toolstone from the surface. While there is abundant evidence that adze manufacture on Mauna Kea, like the making of a Hawaiian canoe, was an "affair of religion," branch coral was rarely used in the several different forms of ritualisation that have been documented in the quarry. Possible reasons for this are briefly explored in this short paper, which is one more contribution to refining the chronology of this highly significant and important archaeological complex.
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