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Unearthing the Polynesian Past: Explorations and Adventures of an Island Archaeologist

Patrick Vinton Kirch


In this memoir, the author relates his many adventures while doing fieldwork on remote islands. At the age of thirteen, the author was accepted as a summer intern by the eccentric Bishop Museum zoologist Yoshio Kondo and was soon participating in archaeological digs on the islands of Hawai‘i and Maui. He continued to apprentice with Kondo during his high school years at Punahou, and after obtaining his anthropology degree from the University of Pennsylvania, he joined a Bishop Museum expedition to Anuta Island, where a traditional Polynesian culture still flourished. His appetite whetted by th ... More

Keywords: fieldwork, archaeological digs, Hawai‘i, Maui, Anuta Island, Futuna Island, Tikopia, Niuatoputapu Mangaia, Mo‘orea, Polynesians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824853457
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824853457.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Vinton Kirch, author
University of California, Berkeley

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