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Tracing the Movement of Ancient Hawaiian Adzes through the Islands

Aug 24, 2017 7:00 PM

A Maunakea Speaker Series presentation by Dr. Peter Mills, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, Anthropology


The next scheduled program in the Maunakea Speaker Series will be held Thursday, August 24 from 7 pm to 8 pm at UH Hilo, Wentworth Room #1 (auditorium).

Professor Peter Mills (anthropology, UH Hilo) will present an overview of his work with Professor Steve Lundblad (geology, UH Hilo) in using non-destructive energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) to study the dispersal of ancient Hawaiian stone tools throughout the islands. Their work has helped define the role of the Maunakea adze quarry and other stone tool quarries in ancient Hawaiian economies, inter-island voyaging, and trade. 

Dr. Peter Mills is an archaeologist who has been making his own stone tools since the 1980s, and who focuses broadly on issues of Hawaiian culture from pre-contact and colonial eras. He has been teaching at UH Hilo since 1997, is a former chair of the department of anthropology, and is currently serving as director of UH Hilo's new MA in Heritage Management.
 
The Maunakea Speaker Series is free and open to the public. On-campus parking is open and available without charge after 4:00 pm.

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About the Maunakea Speaker Series

The Maunakea Speaker Series is a monthly scholar-focused presentation offered as a partnership among the Office of Maunakea Management, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the University of Hawai'i at Hilo Department of Physics & Astronomy. This collaborative venture gives the community unprecedented access to fascinating research taking place on Maunakea and other topics unique to the Island of Hawai'i. A venue for scholars to share their stories and learn from discussion, the series promotes understanding and collaboration across all sectors of the community, while addressing the goals of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo.

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