Project Portfolio

MCBH Data Recovery
Archaeological Data Recovery at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay

PCSI  provided archaeological services to the Army Corps of Engineers in support of the stabilization of erosion in beachfront areas of Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), Kaneohe Bay, including Pyramid Rock and Fort Hase Beach.

Initially, a Research Design (RD) was prepared for the project.  The RD contained extensive background research, research questions to guide the archaeological studies, an archaeological monitoring plan, a data recovery plan, and a burial treatment plan.

PCSI archaeologists conducted a testing program containing 25 test units along a beach area to determine the presence/absence of subsurface cultural deposits.  After a storm exposed human skeletal remains, PCSI archaeologists also conducted emergency excavation of the burial to allow for its relocation to a permanent site.

In the final phase of the project, PCSI performed detailed subsurface excavations at the site, covering approximately 21 square meters, and collected extensive quantities of subsurface materials for evaluation. Laboratory analyses of the recovered materials were performed in PCSI’s Honolulu Laboratory, and a report of the project findings was prepared.