Author Archives: Society For Hawaiian Archaeology

Draft SOPs for Archaeology

The State Historic Preservation Division is in the process of revising their Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for both Review & Compliance and Survey & Inventory for Archaeology.  Below, please find links to the SOPs and associated Appendices.  Comments may be submitted to the Archaeology Branch Chief, Theresa Donham, at theresa.k.donham@hawaii.gov, through December 15, 2014.

 

Draft Review and Compliance SOP

Draft Survey and Inventory SOP

Draft Survey and Inventory SOP Appendices:

Appendix A – Field Forms

Appendix B – Contexts

Appendix C – Site Database Instructions

Appendix D – Geodatabase Instructions

Appendix E – AIS Guidelines

Appendix F – Report Submittal Form

Appendix G – Report Database Instructions

 

Vote on Archaeology Week Poster!

Vote for your favorite Archaeology Week poster design by sending an email to Maria Orr (kaimi@lava.net). Please do not auto-respond to the SHA list.

We have limited time, so all votes must be in by 3 pm Thursday, Sept 18. Note, final editing and addition of sponsor logos will occur after selection.

If you or your firm would like to help sponsor the winning poster, let Maria know and we will be in touch.

 

Option 1

 

 

Option 2

 

Conference Registration Now Available!

Registration for the 2014 conference is now available here!

Archaeology Week Poster Competition Deadline is Aug. 31

The SHA Archaeology Week Poster Competition Deadline is on August 31.  Archaeology Week has been defunct for many years and the SHA is asking for your kokua.  Would you please consider submitting a poster idea?

Imagine an inspiring scene for our SHA Archaeology Week poster and win a SHA individual membership for one year!  Posters must follow the theme for the 2014 SHA annual conference, which is “Hilo ‘ia ke aho o ka ‘ike: Na kākou ke kuleana e noi‘i noelo aku i ka ‘ike kupuna (Braided are the cords of knowledge: It is our responsibility to search for ancestral wisdom).”  Poster designs must be 18 x 24 inches in size and can have either a portrait or landscape orientation.

Selection of the winning poster design will be based on an initial sketch and concept description, which are dueAugust 31, 2014. Please submit entries either electronically or in hard copy (call for the address) to Maria “Kaimi” Orr, Archaeology Week Chair, at (808) 375-3317, or Theresa K. Donham, Co-chair, at tkdonham@msn.com. Please be sure to provide contact information so we can confirm receipt of your materials.

Mahalo nui loa for your consideration,

Arleen

SHA Public Relations Chair

Call for Papers for 2014 SHA Conference

Call for Papers now open!  Visit the following link for more information:

http://hawaiianarchaeology.org/2014-conference/call-for-papers-2014/

GS-0193-09 Archeologist Position at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

This position is located in the Resource Management Division at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park on the Island of Hawaii. The incumbent will carry out a range of duties in support of cultural resource management in one or more park units in West Hawaii where cultural and archeological resources are predominant. The incumbent will coordinate and implement cultural resource projects based on knowledge of Hawaiian history, pre-contact history, and knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of archeology and cultural resource management in the Hawaiian Islands. Please use the following link for more information and applying for the position.

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/364673900

SHA Workshop on Identification of Faunal and Human Remains

The Society for Hawaiian Archaeology will be holding the second in its series of workshops meant to update member’s knowledge of current practices and thinking on topics important to conducting archaeology in Hawai‘i and elsewhere.

Title: Identification of Faunal and Human Remains

Presenters: Tim Rieth and Adam Lauer, International Archaeological Research Institute, Inc. (IARII)

Date and Time: April 4, 2014 (Friday), 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

Location: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Dean Hall, Room 210 (Archeology Lab)

Parking: Suggestion: Find street parking if possible. It is cheaper than on campus parking cost at $6.00

Registration: Send Email to: standardsandethics@hawaiianarchaeology.org. Room Limited to 20 People due to lab workstations
First 20 members registering will receive confirmation emails; others will be notified that the workshop is full and put on waiting list if requested.

Note: Food and Beer: There will be a food and beer gathering after the presentation to encourage further discussion among participating members (supplies are not infinite). Location will be announced later.

Check SHA Website: When possible, information presented or distributed during presentations will be made available on the SHA website.

Please let us know if there are other topics you would like to see addressed in future workshops or if you would like to be a presenter or coordinator on a particular topic (i.e., multiple discussants on a single topic).

Minutes – February 26, 2014

Meeting: Society for Hawaiian Archaeology Board of Directors Meeting

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Location: Paki 3, Bishop Museum

 

Chair: Mara Mulrooney, President

Recording Secretary: Summer Moore

Officers in Attendance: Mara Mulrooney, President Peter Mills, Vice President

Summer Moore, Secretary (via Skype)

Victoria Wichman, Treasurer

Standing Committee Chairs in Attendance:

Sara Collins, Legislative

Holly McEldowney, Ethics

Nick Belluzzo, Webmaster (via Skype) Arleen Garcia-Herbst, PR (via Skype)

Absent:

Beau DiNapoli, Student

Kelley Uyeoka, Education

 

 

President’s Remarks:

•     Meeting called to order at 5:08 pm by Chair, Mara Mulrooney

 

Secretary’s Report: Summer Moore

•    Minutes from January 22, 2013, meeting circulated for approval; MOTION to accept by Mara, seconded and approved.

•    We have had several submissions for the March newsletter, which is expected to go out around March 15.

 

Treasurer’s Report: Victoria Wichman

•    We have just over $23,000 in our bank account. Last month’s income and expenses were minimal. Since the last meeting we have had three new memberships and 12 renewals. She has sent an updated list of members to Sara and Nick. American Savings is waving all fees and providing free online banking because we now have a higher balance.

•     MOTION by Sara to accept, seconded and approved.

 

Standing Committee Reports

•    Education: Kelley Uyeoka

o  Nothing to report.

 

 

•     Ethics: Holly McEldowney

o  She sent a letter to DLNR suggesting that SHA be considered a consulting party concerning the ongoing Administrative Rules revisions and is still awaiting a response.

 

•     Legislative: Sara Collins

o We’re halfway through the legislative session. The worst bills with regard to historic preservation, having to do with streamlined applications and approvals, have stalled, although it is still possible that they will start moving again.

o There is one bill each in both the House and the Senate for converting exempt staff to civil service. These bills are both moving.

o There is a house bill pertaining to state-owned historic property that is crossing over. They adopted our amendment that this has to be done with SHPD’s approval.

o There are two bills, the ones that are redefining the age of residential property, that are worrisome. The gist of both of them is to say that no residential permits can go to SHPD for review unless the property is on the register or is actively being proposed for listing on the register. They are being pushed by the building industry association and the chamber of commerce. SHA will suggest that instead of these bills that we have a task force and that SHA can be on it. Both the house and senate versions of these bills are moving. SHA will have to monitor their progress.

o There is a bill in the senate adding to the civil penalties section for people to recover from the state if they are successful plaintiffs.

o The fees bill has been deferred.

 

•    Publications: Windy McElroy

o She has gotten one inquiry for a submission but no other submissions so it is unlikely SHA will have a journal issue going out this year. We will wait until next year instead. She is working with Jane Allen and Susan Lebo on the Historic Artifacts primer.

 

•    Student: Beau DiNapoli

o  Nothing to report.

 

•    Webmaster: Nick Belluzzo

o He is working on updating membership expiration dates, after which he will send an email to SHA members to let them know that membership renewal is now available and emphasize that it is very important to be a member for access to certain perks. After 30 days’ notice Sara and he will go through and remove non-current members. Next year he will send out an email on December 1 and then set memberships to expire on December 31.

 •    PR: Arleen Garcia-Herbst

o  Nothing to report.

 

 

Old Business:

•     Barrera Collection: Peter says that the human bone fragments found in the collection are clearly human crania fragments. The Southwestern pottery sherds are of a type that can be reliably associated with an identifiable and relatively small area. Jim Bayman will transport the remains on an upcoming trip to Arizona. The other bag contained largely animal bone, but one bag has a human phalanx, a vertebral fragment, and a long bone fragment. It’s all in one bag, and it came out of a 1995 data recovery project in Kona done by Bill Barrera. The bag has accession numbers from Barrerra’s catalog system that do not match what is shown in the corresponding data recovery report. One of his students is in the process of going through reports and trying to find the data recovery report that corresponds to these fragments. If the project associated with these fragments was part of Section 106 consultation, NAGPRA will clearly apply. If not, we may be able manage repatriation through consultation with the Burial Council.

 

•     SHA Workshops: Nick may do on March 5 a workshop regarding the state GIS standards and how people can use them and combine them with their own data sets. He recently got an email from Matt Duff at IARII, who wants to combine this presentation with a session on basic GIS. Matt, however, is currently in Colorado and won’t be back until early April. It may be a good idea to wait for him to return to do a combined workshop. There is already a workshop scheduled for April 2.

 

 

•     Science Alive event: Victoria will be leading Bishop Museum Anthropology Department’s booth, and SHA has a booth next to it. Mara will order a SHA banner for the booth. We should put advertise the event on the UH listserve. Adam Lauer may have posters for the booth.

 

New Business:

•     Hawaiian Archaeology Month: Discussion regarding the possibility of bringing back Hawaiian Archaeology Month, which used to be in May. Sara says we used to have a lecture on each island, and the SHA brochure was originally to distribute at those events. A week of activities led up to the conference, which used to be in the spring. Arleen indicates that she is interested in updating the brochure and working on press releases.

 

Adjournment:

•    Next board meeting: April 2, 4:30 pm, Paki 3, Bishop Museum.

•    MOTION by Peter to adjourn at 6:02 pm; seconded and approved.

Minutes – January 22, 2014

Meeting: Society for Hawaiian Archaeology Board of Directors Meeting

 Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

 Location: Paki 3, Bishop Museum

 

Chair: Mara Mulrooney, President

Recording Secretary: Summer Moore

Officers in Attendance: Mara Mulrooney, President Peter Mills, Vice President

Summer Moore, Secretary (via Skype)

Victoria Wichman, Treasurer

Standing Committee Chairs in Attendance:

Holly McEldowney, Ethics

Nick Belluzzo, Webmaster (via Skype)

 Absent:

Arleen Garcia-Herbst, PR Sara Collins, Legislative Beau DiNapoli, Student

Kelley Uyeoka, Education (via Skype)

 

 

President’s Remarks:

•     Meeting called to order at 5:07 pm by Chair, Mara Mulrooney

•    The first SHA workshop in the new series was last night, with Tom Dye talking about radiocarbon dating. Bishop Museum staff extracted audio files and she has sent them to Nick to upload.

 

Secretary’s Report: Summer Moore

•    Minutes from December 11, 2013, meeting circulated for approval; MOTION to accept by Mara, seconded and approved.

•    The December Newsletter went out mid-January.

 

Treasurer’s Report: Victoria Wichman

•    We had very little income last month, with one new member and two membership renewals.

•    Last month we incurred just over $500 in expenses, which paid for two shelving units for the SHA storage unit. She has upgraded storage unit for another $40 dollars per month to a 10 x 5. There is a combination lock on door, and she can give code to anyone who needs it.

•    Victoria has bought two shelves for the storage unit but thinks that we should buy three more.

MOTION by Windy to buy three more shelves for $80 dollars apiece; seconded and approved.

•    She has just received a new debit card for American Savings Bank. It’s in Victoria’s name but others can use it.

 

 

Standing Committee Reports

•     Education: Kelley Uyeoka (via email)

o  She is still trying to confirm the dates with UH-Hilo and will schedule a planning meeting next month. Tentative dates for the 2014 conference are October 10-12.

o  Peter: UH-Hilo has a policy of waiting until fall schedule is set to allow for outside scheduling.

 

•     Ethics: Holly McEldowney

o  She recently sent a letter to DLNR suggesting that SHA be considered a consulting party concerning the ongoing Administrative Rules revisions.

 

•    Legislative: Sara Collins

o Informal proxy report by Carl Christensen, SHA member: A problematic bill was introduced in the House and Senate by request of a task force from the construction industry. The bill would streamline development by allowing SHPD to delegate approval to unspecified authorities, allow counties to have hired experts, and expand automatic approval provisions to apply to SHPD. Additionally, once SHPD has approved something, it prevents subsequent opportunities for rescinding approval. He thinks this destroys the basis for monitoring and dealing with inadvertent discoveries. As of yesterday morning, it had not yet been assigned to committees. Sara emailed Sen. Hee to ask that it be referred to his committee. The bill

will go to three committees jointly, including Sen. Hee’s committee. As far as other bills, one has recently been introduced that he thinks came from OHA, which would repeal the phased review bill; though it is positive from a heritage standpoint, Carl thinks it is very unlikely to pass.

o Holly: Another bill has recently been introduced, which would make the historic sites threshold 75 years instead of 50 years.

 

•    Publications: Windy McElroy

o She was contacted about subscriptions and she forwarded this email to Victoria.

o No papers have yet been submitted for the next issue.

 

•    Student: Beau DiNapoli

o Nothing to report.

 

•    Webmaster: Nick Belluzzo

o Nick has updated the SHA website so that members can renew at all times. He is almost finished making a separate page manage memberships. He will change it so that when members log in the “Join” tab will instead say “Renew,” which should be less confusing.

o  He has drafted an email to the membership discussing new renewal procedures and the elimination of non-member email addresses from the listserve.

o  Question: should we make paper membership form available on the website? Yes, we should.

o  He has the audio files from Tom’s presentation and will post it this weekend.

o  From Mark McCoy, we have PDF copies of individual articles from Hawaiian Archaeologythat he will upload to the website; Mara has made these all OCR.

o  Question: do we have a copy of Special Publication No. 3? He has already put 1 and 2 on website but would like to add No. 3. This is available online, but we will need to resolve copyright questions before posting.

 

•     PR: Arleen Garcia-Herbst

o  Nothing to report.

 

 

 

Old Business:

•     SHA-sponsored workshops: Mara indicates that the next workshop, which will be in February, is still in the planning stages. Possibilities for future workshops were discussed, including the possibility of choosing different venues for upcoming workshops or charging participants to recoup the venue fee. Bishop Museum venue fees were significant. It’s probably not necessary to charge, as SHA has funds to cover these expenses for members. However, it may be useful to experiment with different venues.

 

•     Barrera Collection: Peter explains that there are two different boxes from two different sites that may contain fragmentary human remains. Peter will pick up remains on Friday and take them to UH-Hilo’s Bioarchaeology department for further identification. He has contacted SHPD Burials program. There may be no federal funding connection, which would have implications

for how the process plays out in the future.

 

•     UH library request for 2011, 2012 programs: Peter will donate a copy of his programs but will keep his originals.

 

New Business:

•     Invitation to participate in Science Alive event, Bishop Museum, Mar. 16, 2014: Mara says that this annual event that has previously been natural sciences, but this year they have invited Bishop Museum’s Anthropology Department and have also contacted SHA. This event will give us the opportunity to educate elementary school-age children about what archaeologists do. Maybe SHA Student Representative Beau can participate, and we can have brochure ready by then? Agreed that SHA should participate.

 

Adjournment:

•    Next board meeting: February 19, 5:00 pm, Paki 3, Bishop Museum.

•    MOTION by Victoria to adjourn at 6:02 pm; seconded and approved.

Opening for Two Limited/Full-Time Cultural Resources Technicians at RCUH

RCUH/PACIFIC COOPERATIVE STUDIES UNIT

CULTURAL RESOURCES TECHNICIAN (PTA) – ID# 14005.  Two (2) Regular, Full-Time, Limited-Term (nine (9) to twelve (12) months in duration), RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU) performing project tasks on land controlled by U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii at Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) on the Island of Hawaii.  Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.

Duties:  Provides day-to-day support in implementing the Island of Hawaii Cultural Resource Program Scope of Work (SOW).  Serves as PCSU-PTA Cultural Resources Technician to perform assigned tasks to implement programs developed by the Cultural Resources Program Manager U.S. Army Hawaii (USARHAW).  Works to support of all fieldwork, including accompanying cultural accesses, monitoring, pedestrian survey, data collection and input, and coordination of assigned tasks/projects.  Becomes familiar with installation plans, undertakings, and cultural studies and inventories. Works in areas with Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) with professional Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) supervision.

Primary Qualifications: 
Education/TRAINING:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Archaeology, Cultural Resources Management, or related field.

Experience:  Field school or at least three (3) months experience in archaeological fieldwork, ethnography, or similar experience.

Abil/Know/Skills:  Knowledge of cultural history preferably of Hawaiian and /or Pacific Islands. Ability to use compass, maps, and GPS. Computer literate in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Must possess a valid driver’s license and personal automobile insurance. Additional software knowledge includes familiarity with ArcGIS software or similar.

Physical/Medical Requirements:  Works under strenuous and extreme outdoor conditions. Able to hike up to ten (10) miles per day with backpack weighing up to forty (40) pounds, and camp in remote and rugged areas for periods of several days.  May be required to camp for up to four (4) days at a time. Post Offer/Employment Conditions: Must pass a post-offer physical exam within two (2) weeks of hire or may be subject to termination.  Subsequent periodic exams may be required by the employer.  Respirator medical clearance and fitting is required.  All reasonable accommodations will be made based on fitness for duty.  Medical costs will be paid for by the employer.

Post Offer/Employment Conditions:  Must provide a copy of driver’s abstract without citations that will prevent incumbent from driving on Department of Defense (DoD) installations. Must be able to pass a DoD security check for employment as an Army contractor. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Must possess the American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR (or be able to obtain the certificate following the training provided within three (3) months of hire).  Must complete online forty (40) hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training within two (2) weeks of hire or may be subject to termination. Must complete UXO training within six (6) months of hire as job duties will require work in UXO areas. May be selected for additional duties such as use of helicopters but must be certified and be approved by PCSU/RCUH prior to activity.  For helicopter use must be able to complete basic helicopter safety course.

Monthly Salary Range:  $2,105-$3,266/Mon.

Inquiries:  Ana Tejeda 969-3340 (Hawaii) or atejeda@hawaii.edu.  Application Requirements: Please go to www.rcuh.com, click on “Employment”; select “Apply” and navigate to “See Job Announcements and/or Apply for a Job.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Salary History, 4) Supervisory References, 5) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to rcuhhr@rcuh.com. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344.  Closing Date: January 28, 2014.  EEO/AA Employer.