Free talk at UH Hilo on volcanic stone tool artifacts

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Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

A geochemist and assistant professor of geology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo will explore how active volcanoes in Hawai‘i provided early Hawaiians with tool-quality stone.

Dr. Steve Lundblad’s presentation, which is free and open to the public, is Friday, January 28 at 7 p.m. in Wentworth Hall, Room 1, on the UH Hilo campus.

Lundblad will explain how changes in activity during the life cycle of a Hawaiian volcano can be used to trace the origin of stone tool artifacts found in Hawai‘i. He will also talk about on-going UH Hilo geoarchaeological research using non-destructive techniques to gain new insights into the source and exchange of Hawaiian stone artifacts.

January 2011 is Hawai‘i Island's second annual Volcano Awareness Month. This is the final talk in a series of four lectures presented by the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and UH Hilo to help promote the importance of understanding and respecting the volcanoes on which we live.

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