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Endless Shapefiles

Post for 07/03/2012
Today, I made a lot of progress with my data processing and analysis. I obtained the georeferenced historic maps from the lovely Avery Sandborn and went through them to pick out features of the quarry, prehistoric wetlands/waterbodies, and archaeological findings. First, I had to subset said features in ERDAS, which took up most […]

First day of analysis


Post for 07/02/2012
Today was a day of struggling through the LiDAR data again. I managed to get to a DEM of the area but I will have to redo them since I missed a critical step. I converted the las file to multipoint then did an IDW interpolation. From there I made a slope and a […]

Time to go back to The Beach

Today was mostly comprised of packing, getting to the airport, and flying back to California. Not very exciting I know.
I would like to take this time to thank everyone in Kauai who helped us out and made it a once in a lifetime experience: Matthew Lucas, Dr. David Burney, Dr. Lida Pigott Burney, Ted Ralston, […]

Last day in Kauai :(

Post for June 30, 2012
Such a bittersweet day. We all had a beach BBQ today at Poipu beach; the professors, GA’s, and our friends at NTBG and the Makawahi (hopefully I spelled that correctly :)) Cave Reserve joined us. It was wonderful to have this time to see everyone before we leave for California and […]

Last field day

Posted for June 29, 2012
Today, the archaeology team went to the NTBG library and worked on getting ahead on our data processing for the morning. I played around with the LiDAR data, but it was still giving me a hard time. I ended up being able to accomplish an IDW (inverse distance weighted) DEM (digital elevation model), […]

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Georeferenced Picture of the Quarry

Today, Avery and I went to the National Tropical Botanical Garden for some data processing time. I worked through georeferencing the orthophoto made from the Gatewing X100 imagery. It seems to match up pretty well except for the very top of a path that leads into the quarry, but for the purposes of my project […]

Day 10 in Kauai: Tragedy in the Kauai Triangle

This morning, Team Archeo visited the Crum Cottage (aka the Professors’ house) to work on some data processing while Dr. Lipo and John worked on the hexacopter. There, I tried to work through some of the LiDAR data, which proved to be problematic. The bearings are impossible to know since its essentially all point data. […]

Day Nine in Kauai: Map Time

This morning, Avery and I accompanied Dr. Burney and Mike FERRIS to the Grove Farms Museum. There we went through historic maps of Koloa, aiming for maps including topographic and landscape information. Once found, we digitized them by taking pictures with a super fancy camera, which had 48 MP resolution. (I will upload some pictures […]

Day Eight in Kauai

Dr. Lipo has arrived! The archaeology team met today and discussed our individual projects. For my project overview, you should definitely check out our group blog. If that is too much work, see below I will copy mine here. Afterwards, we went to the prehistoric koloa field system and took GPS coordinates for the auwai […]


We woke up at the crack of dawn…actually before dawn, to catch the zodiac boats this morning. Anyone still half asleep sure woke up during the ride to Nualolo. Although it was pretty rocky and my boat got soaked from the surf, it was so much fun! Once there, Dr. Burney took us around and […]

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