Posted on June 26, 2012 by Samantha Hauser
Dr. Lipo has arrived! The archaeology team met today and discussed our individual projects. For my project overview, you should definitely check out our group blog. If that is too much work, see below I will copy mine here. Afterwards, we went to the prehistoric koloa field system and took GPS coordinates for the auwai and field boundaries. Chuck and Dave flew the fixed wing plane and kite for photographs. There were a few scares with the kite crash landing, but the camera survived!
The Grove Farm Quarry has not been used for years and historically was a place for Hawaiian burials and habitat for endangered species such as the Hawaiian Stilt. The National Tropical Botanical Garden hopes to restore this area. Samantha is focusing on the stone quarry restoration by mapping out the historic and present landscape. First, the present landcape must be mapped out with Gatewing X100 photographs, ground truthing with gps data, and LiDAR data. This data has been generated, but the historic data has not yet been collected. The historic landscape can be taken from historic topographic and landscape maps from museum resources tomorrow. By looking at these two time periods, the potential restoration efforts can be determined