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Abundance and ResilienceFarming and Foraging in Ancient Kaua'i$
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Julie S. Field and Michael W. Graves

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839895

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839895.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
Abundance and Resilience

Julie S. Field

Michael W. Graves

University of Hawai'i Press

This book examines farming and foraging in the ancient settlement of Nuʻalolo Kai on Kauaʻi Island. Tucked beneath the cliffs of the Nā Pali Coast, Nuʻalolo Kai was home to a Hawaiian community of fishers, farmers, and craftsmen. Although it was relatively isolated from the rest of Kauaʻi, Nuʻalolo Kai supported a healthy population for more than 500 years. This book explores the prehistory of Nuʻalolo Kai by analyzing the Hawaiian fauna, domesticated animals, and related artifacts gathered by archaeologists associated with the Bishop Museum and the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa between 1958 and 1990. The analyses are based on artifacts out of the approximately 18,000 items known to exist for the Nuʻalolo Kai archaeological collections. The book investigates the role of animals as food, products made from animal parts, and the effects of hunting, fishing, and farming on the Hawaiian ecosystem.

Keywords:   farming, foraging, Nuʻalolo Kai, Kauaʻi Island, fauna, domesticated animals, artifacts, archaeological collections, hunting, fishing

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