ARCHAEOLOGY OF NIHOA AND NECKER ISLANDS

ARCHAEOLOGY OF NIHOA AND NECKER ISLANDS

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Kenneth P. Emory
ISBN: 1-56647-565-1
Date of Publication: 2002
Size: 7 x 10
Pages: 154
Binding: paper

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Nihoa and Necker mark the transition from the southeastern high islands of the Hawaiian archipelago to the atolls scattered throughout the northwestern end of the island chain. According to Hawaiian oral traditions and archaeological records, these islands were the northwestern frontier of the lands populated by the first Polynesian settlers. Nihoa and Necker were uninhabited at the time of their "rediscovery" by European navigators in the late eighteenth century although evidence of a prior occupation covered the landscape--houses, agricultural terraces, platforms and heiau-like structures. The 1923 and 1924 Tanager Expeditions (named after the research vessel, a converted mine sweeper) were organized, in part, to record cultural sites and collect archaeological specimens from Nihoa and Necker. This reprint of Bishop Museum Bulletin 53, now a baseline of 20th-century knowledge regarding the archaeology and technology of Nihoa and Necker, allows today's scholars to reinterpret the original data collected almost 80 years ago.

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