Hawaiian Marine Shells Collection

Hawaiian Marine Shells Collection

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The younger Davis (Ph.D. Manoa, 1990), who was interested in documenting the impact of humans on the environment, further developed the collection as a reference and comparative resource for identifying shell midden from Hawaiian and Pacific archaeological sites. The collection was donated to the Anthropology Department’s Archaeology Labs in 2005.

The collection is currently housed in theAnthropology DepartmentArchaeology Program, College of Social Sciences.The collection supports undergraduate education through various Archaeology courses. The collection is fairly comprehensive for much of the shell midden material found in Hawaiian sites. An inventory was completed in 2009 and specimen digital imaging was completed early 2010 Photographs of the images are available online.

Contact Information
Jo Lynn Gunness
Archaeology Laboratory Manager
Anthropology Department, Archaeology Program
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
2538 McCarthy Mall, Dean 206
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone (808) 956-6652
Fax (808) 956-9541

Associate FacultyGeoffrey M. White, PhD (Chair)
Non-living Specimens: approximately 180 species (+1000 specimens)
Established: 2005 (dates to the 1950s)

Allied Curriculum:
ANTH 380 (Archaeology Laboratory Techniques)
ANTH 668 (Archaeology Field Methods) (Variable credit)
ANTH 671 (Applied Hawaiian Archaeology)