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NEWS: summer 2009 archaeological field school In Hawaii

The Hawaii Archaeological Research Project (HARP)** is now taking applications for our Summer 2009 archaeological field school. This is a joint University of New Mexico and San Jose State University training program that will run for four weeks in North Kohala, Hawai‘i (June 15 - July 15, 2009). For more information and instructions for applying please follow the link above to the HARP website.


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Mahalo Kohala!
Last summer I directed two archaeological field schools in the North Kohala District of Hawai‘i Island. Thank you once again to all my colleagues, graduate students, field school students, and the people of Kohala for another unforgettable season. For more information on what we found check out these field reports:

McCoy, M. D. and Graves, M.W. (2008) An Archaeological Investigation of Halawa and Waiapuka Ahupua‘a, North Kohala District, Hawai‘i Island.

McCoy, M. D. and Stephen, J.W. (2008) Examining the Ritual Landscape of North Kohala: A report on the 2008 Monumental Architecture Field School.

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             Mark D. McCoy is an anthropological archaeologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at San José State University. He received his PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and has conducted archaeological field research on Hawai‘i, New Zealand, the Republic of Palau, and across North America.
            His research focuses on the development of complex, hierarchical societies on Pacific islands, especially the Hawaiian Islands. His interests include social landscapes, agriculture, and paleodemography, and his methodological expertise is in the use of spatial technology, digital archaeology, and lithic analysis. Papers on his research have appeared in
Pacific Science, Journal of Archaeological Science, Geoarchaeology, Radiocarbon, and the Journal of the Polynesian Society and he has received external grants from the National Science Foundation and the Arizona Memorial Museum Association as well as San Jose State's Junior Faculty Early Career Development Grant, Learning Productivity Planning Grants, and College of Social Science Research Grants


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