The 2019 University of Queensland archaeological field school was conducted on Moloka‘i, Hawaiian Islands during about three weeks in the northern summer. Despite being a field school with a primary focus on teaching students how to excavate and process midden in a field lab, the project was part of ongoing research initiated on the island in 1980 that has been supported with great interest by the local Hawaiian community. In this presentation, I provide the context for the field school in the wider research programme, describe preliminary findings from the field school excavations, and discuss some of the results of current research along this dry, windward coastline.


About the presenters

Marshall I. Weisler (Ph.D. 1993, University of California, Berkeley) is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Queensland. He has conducted research throughout the Pacific Islands for more than 40 years. Current interests include prehistoric interaction and colonization of pristine landscapes, human sustainability on marginal islands, historical ecology of marine subsistence, and using high-precision U/Th dating of corals for constraining chronologies and determining marine reservoir corrections for radiocarbon calibrations. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities, the Linnean Society of London, and the Society of Antiquaries.

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About Archaeology Working Papers

The Working Papers in Archaeology seminar series provides a forum for dissemination of archaeological research and ideas amongst UQ archaeology students and staff. All students are invited to attend the series and postgraduate students, from honours upwards, are invited to present their research. The aim is to provide opportunities for students, staff and those from outside UQ, to present and discuss their work in an informal environment. It is hoped that anyone interested in current archaeological directions, both within and outside the School and University, will be able to attend and contribute to the series.