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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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Applied Zooarchaeology and Conservation Biology at Nu‘alolo Kai

Applied Zooarchaeology and Conservation Biology at Nu‘alolo Kai

(p.170) Chapter 10 Applied Zooarchaeology and Conservation Biology at Nu‘alolo Kai
Abundance and Resilience

Alex E. Morrison

Kelley S. Esh

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the usefulness of applied zooarchaeology to conservation biology and habitat management by present examples drawn from the shellfish and avian assemblages of Nuʻalolo Kai. It first considers a model of applied zooarchaeological research presented by Butler and Delacorte (2004) from the southern Owens Valley, California before analyzing shellfish use and avifauna at Nuʻalolo Kai. The chapter focuses on four species of the genus Cellana, known as the black-foot ʻopihi, yellow-foot ʻopihi, giant ʻopihi, and green-foot ʻopihi. The findings have implications for the general biota of the Hawaiian archipelago and suggest that traditional Hawaiian harvesting practices may have managed stocks well and maintained populations at abundant and healthy levels, even as recoveries in population size and the individual size of adult specimens are also apparent.

Keywords:   applied zooarchaeology, conservation biology, habitat management, shellfish, Nuʻalolo Kai, zooarchaeological research, Owens Valley, avifauna, Cellana, ʻopihi

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