Miloli'i Field School

We are still accepting applications for a limited number of candidates!  If you are interested please apply.

We are currently seeking participants for the 2016 Miloli'i Beach Archaeological Field School, on Kaua'i Island, Hawai'i, which will be held between July 5 and August 6, 2016. This field school provides an intensive, hands-on learning opportunity for students interested in learning archaeology field and lab techniques. Two ten-day field sessions are scheduled, with a five-day break in which students will conduct archaeological lab work, assist in historic sites management, and visit archaeological sites. 

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Na Pali CoastThe field school is part of an ongoing field project directed by Dr. Jennifer Kahn of William and Mary's Anthropology Department, in collaboration with Hawai'i State Parks. The project is focused on investigating settlement and subsistence strategies at one of Hawai'i's most remote locations, the Na Pali Coast on the northern edge of Kaua'i Island. This year's fieldwork will focus on uncovering buried stone architecture and midden from the pre-contact period house sites, conducting a series of test excavations at 19th-century Hawaiian house sites, and completing survey, GIS documentation, and test excavation at agricultural terraces for wetland taro cultivation. Eligible students can earn 6 academic credits for participation.  The course also counts as COLL 300 credits.Steep landscape near Miloli'i

The deadline to apply for the Summer 2016 July 5-August 6 Field School is May 16, 2016.  There are only a limited number of positions remaining.

The Archaeology Project

The project is directed at understanding the 1,000-year settlement history of Miloli'i beach flat and valley, located along the remote Na Pali Coast on Kaua'i Island. The locale is quite scenic and we will be sharing Miloli'i beach with sea turtles and monk seals who frequent these shores. This course introduces students to contemporary archaeological fieldwork through participation in research on pre-contact and post-contact Hawaiian residential and agricultural sites. The class will consist primarily of archaeological fieldwork and field laboratory analysis.
To place this research in a broader context, the class includes lectures and discussions on Hawaiian archaeology, ethnohistory, material culture, and heritage management by island specialists, State Parks archaeologists, and Hawaiian practitioners as well as Prof. Kahn and her graduate student Grad students digging a squareteaching assistants. During the field inter-sessions we will have field trips to cultural and historical sites around the island. This course will be carried out in collaboration with archaeologists at the State Parks (Hawaiian Division) and with the Na Pali Coast 'Ohana who will be in residence during the two periods when we will be working in our remote field location. The Na Pali Coast 'Ohana includes Hawaiian residents from Kaua'i who work to care and manage the Na Pali Coast's exceptional cultural resources. Students will be exposed to Hawaiian ways of caring for cultural resources and will learn how to carry out archaeological research in a culturally respectful manner, including the use of appropriate protocols and collaboration with descendant communities in all stages of the research. Students will rotate through three areas: Area A, where excavations will be conducted on the beach flat to recover midden and sub-surface architecture; Area B, where excavations will take place at 19th century Hawaiian house sites; and Area C, where we will conduct survey, GIS documentation, and test excavations of agricultural sites, including wet land terraces for taro cultivation.

In this course students will learn and gain an anthropological appreciation for:
1) how archaeologists survey, map, and excavate archaeological sites;
2) how archaeologists plan and profile significant archaeological features;
3) how archaeologists identify, describe, database, and date artifacts;
4) how archaeologists interpret their finds;
5) how archaeologists and cultural stewards manage and preserve cultural resources, and
6) the way that colonialism and the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom shapes socio-politics in the archipelago in the present.

Schedule and AccommodationsBeach at Mololi'i

The field component of the field school will be held at Miloli'i Beach Park, located within Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park. The field site is remote, with limited facilities, and participants will camp for the duration of each 10-day field session. During the field inter-sessions we will have fieldtrips to cultural and historical sites around the island and will complete laboratory analyses.
The program is open to college-age students and above. No specific archaeology field experience is necessary, but students with a demonstrated interest in anthropology, archaeology, environmental studies, or related fields will be the strongest candidates.
Based on the remote nature of the field school and the basic nature of accommodations, previous experience in outdoor recreation or other activities is a must. Students must be able to participate in active and tiring work, including occasional heavy lifting, and be able to navigate rough terrain. Students mapping a rock terraceBased on the potential for ocean swells at the field site, students must be able to demonstrate proof of swimming competence, either through the WM Recreational Center or another appropriate facility (local University swimming program, local YMCA or YWCA).

Program Cost

$2,100 in state, $6,480 out-of-state registration fees, all inclusive (covers lodging, transport, and food in the field), does NOT include travel to and from Kaua'i Island. Students will also pay for their own food during the two 5 day inter-sessions (approximately $200 dollars).

How to Apply

Download and fill out the online application form (PDF) and email it to [[w|jgkahn01]] by May 16, 2016.

What to BringIt's not always sunny

Students can only bring one waterproof bag with clothing and field gear (tent, bedding, mess kit) as well as a backpack so you must be careful about your packing. Students must bring two water bottles, mess kit (cup, plate, fork, knife), tent, sleeping gear (medium-weather sleeping bag recommended), flashlight (headlight kind are recommended), light work gloves, bug spray, sunscreen, a hat, and a rain jacket, as well as one pair good hiking sandals (Tevas) and one pair sneakers, light shorts or pants of quick dry materials, T-shirts, and a sweat shirt or light jacket. It can get cold at night or in the rain so one pair leggings or sweatpants is also recommended. Students must bring all toiletries and medications.

For more information contact:
Dr. Jennifer Kahn:
Na Pali Coast Wilderness State Park: seals