2004 CPEO Military List Archive

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Date: 24 Feb 2004 16:36:29 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: Treasure trove of artifacts discovered on Kaho'olawe
Treasure trove of artifacts discovered on Kaho'olawe
By Timothy Hurley
Posted on: Monday, February 23, 2004

WAILUKU, Maui -- Archaeologists working alongside Kaho'olawe clearance
crews have found a treasure trove of artifacts, including roughly 650
more features than were previously known to exist.

"Considering the arid environment, the erosion and the use by the
military, we were surprised at how many newly discovered sites there
were," said Hal Hammatt of Cultural Surveys Hawai'i, the Navy's
archaeology contractor.

The discoveries were part of the largest archaeological project in
Hawai'i history, a six-year $12 million effort that was integrated into
the $400 million federally funded cleanup of unexploded ordnance from
the former military bombing range.

As the Navy's contractor continues to haul away unexploded ordnance, the
Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission is preparing to transform the
45-square-mile island into a cultural preserve.

On Friday, commissioners heard for the first time the far-ranging scope
of cultural material identified on the island.

Hammatt said nearly 3,000 features were recorded, including new examples
of every type of archaeological feature. Some of the new major sites
include a habitation complex on the south slope of Lua Makika, the
island's 1,477-foot summit, and a major petroglyph field.

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