Topic ID #25229 - posted 12/3/2012 3:49 PM

Summer Field School in French Polynesia


Learn to Excavate, Speak an Endangered Language, and Engage with a Community Museum!

Join the 2013 Summer Field School in the Marquesas Islands, June 29 to August 10, 2013.  With their verdant forest, rugged peaks and turquoise seas, the Marquesas are one of the best known yet least visited archipelagos in the South Pacific. The Polynesian discovery and settlement of these stunningly beautiful islands some 1000 years ago represents one of humanity's greatest achievements.  By the time Captain Cook reached these shores, Marquesan chiefdoms were distinguished by their monumental architecture, elaborate art, and a religious system in which important ceremonies demanded human sacrifices. 

Our project charts the efflorescence of this unique culture.  Now in its eighth year, the project focuses on Tahuata, one of the most traditional islands in the group.  Here, in the neighboring valleys of Vaitahu and Hanamiai, beautiful intact remains of residential and ceremonial centers lie amidst coconut plantations and forests of breadfruit, banana, and mango.  Learn the art of archaeological excavation and engage with artifacts not only in a dig, but also in the local community museum.  Join the excitement of rediscovering this ancient Polynesian chiefdom!

Our team meets in Honolulu on June 28 before flying to Tahiti, the capital of French Polynesia.  Then we take an Air Tahiti flight to Hiva Oa in the Marquesas, where a boat meets us for the crossing to Tahuata, our tropical home for six full weeks.

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