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Soil sampling and research updates

Posted on June 29, 2012

Aloha kakou,

We returned to the Koloa Field System this morning for soil sampling and more KAP.  We laid out two 100 meter transects and then took samples along those transects based on feature appearance.  Soil samples will be analyzed with our portable X-ray fluorescence unit and elemental compound information will be used for comparative analysis.  During sample collection, we put up another research kite with true-color and near-infrared cameras.  This kite rig was mobile and therefore we were able to walk the kite at a stable elevation across the landscape.  We covered a wide portion of the archaeological fields until we noticed a bull staring at us and stamping its foot.  We then proceeded in the opposite direction of the large ungulate and reeled in the cameras.


This evening, all research groups presented their work thus far.  The variety of projects and the direction of individual research is impressive.  The GRAM program is a great opportunity for all participating students.  The presentations initiated interesting theoretical and methodological discussion through questioning by the professors.  Criticisms helped to refine the scope and direction of all projects.  Work will resume tomorrow.  I will most likely be in the lab creating models all day.  A hui hou.

– John Thornton O’Connor


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