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History That Really “Rocks!”

February 25, 2014

Petroglyphs near historic fishing grounds in the remote coastal backcountry. NPS Photo by Jadelyn Moniz-Nakamura, Ph.D.

While the geologic significance of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is evident from nearly every vantage point within the park, the human story is sometimes more elusive to the casual observer. Last week, park archeologists surveyed a remote backcountry coastal fishing area, including these incredible petroglyphs. According to archeologist Jadelyn Moniz-Nakamura, they are near what is likely a temporary habitation spot that was revisited over time due to its close proximity to good fishing grounds. The petroglpyhs were found in association with water catchment features and excavated pits, which may have been used to harvest sea birds nesting on the ground.


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