Understanding variability in the hinterlands: settlement and subsistence in Miloli‘i, Kaua‘i, Hawaiian Islands

Jennifer G. Kahn, Kathy Kawelu, Victoria Wichman, Alan B. Carpenter, Summer Moore, Terry Hunt

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Abstract

Recent archaeological excavations in Miloli‘i Valley, Kaua‘i are discussed to provide data from an isolated and marginal hinterland, far removed from the island's political centres. We develop a chronological sequence of site construction and use and discuss the nature of pre-contact Hawaiian settlement and subsistence. We also outline elements of human–environment interactions from the settlement period to the protohistoric era, and provide tentative comparisons of the Miloli‘i hinterland sequence with those from core areas in the late prehistoric political hierarchy. Our case study highlights the degree to which inter- and intra-island variability remain relatively under-studied in the Hawaiian context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-213
Number of pages18
JournalArchaeology in Oceania
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • access to raw materials
  • core versus periphery
  • Hawaiian Islands
  • landscape change
  • settlement chronology
  • social complexity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology

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