As Mara mentioned in her last post, we spent the past week at UH Hilo. We were there creating a full itemized inventory of the materials from both Wai‘ahukini (H8) and South Point (H1) that are curated by UH Hilo. Mara, Kelley, Scott, and I split up the tasks so that we could be as efficient as possible.
Kelley, being the awesome zooarchaeologist that she is, got to sort the material in each and every single brown paper “grab bag” inside the seven large boxes of Wai‘ahukini “quantitative samples.” Helping her was her ever capable apprentice, Scott. Between the two of them, they formed a powerhouse assembly line (sorting, bagging, and tagging) and managed to get through a box a day! All those paper “grab bags” of mixed midden magically turned into hundreds of well-ordered little plastic bags with neat, handwritten labels on and inside the bags. Mara commandeered the scanner and promptly scanned hundreds of fishhooks in both high and low resolution in just three days. When she was not scanning fishhooks, Mara was helping on the assembly line. Since I can never get enough of databasing, I was put in charge of making an inventory of all twenty-four South Point boxes and their contents. There was no rehousing effort on my end as I was just checking the contents of each bag and entering the data item by item. However, the final product was a list of more than 1000 individual bags of mixed midden and artifacts that will need to be sorted and rehoused. I guess that may mean another week in Hilo sometime in the future!