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Mauna Kea AIS
Archaeological Inventory Survey for the Mauna Kea Science Reserve

PCSI is providing vital support to the Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM) and the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy in managing the cultural resources found at the Mauna Kea Science Reserve on the summit of Hawaii’s largest mountain.  OMKM retained PCSI to perform the first-ever comprehensive Archaeological Inventory Survey (AIS) of the 11,288-acre Science Reserve. 

The Science Reserve is home to several of the world’s top observatories, as well as thousands of archaeological features of significance in Hawaiian culture.  The severe environmental conditions on the 13,796-foot mountain limited field work to approximately 4-months per year.  This, coupled with the lack of vehicle access in most study areas, required that survey efforts span a 5-year period from 2005 to 2009.

During the field work, PCSI mapped over 220 archaeological sites on the mountain and collected over 100 artifacts for laboratory analysis.  The final AIS report was completed in 2010.