Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Maui architecture, social growth studied
A U.S. scientist says the growth of indigenous architecture and social complexity on the Hawaiian island of Maui occurred during a span of at least 500 years.

In the most detailed study to date on the antiquity of the island's extensive temple system, researchers challenge previous conceptions of ancient Hawaiian civilization by identifying cycles of temple construction that coincide with politically charged periods of warfare and island consolidation.

"Because the islands are relatively isolated from the rest of the world, the development of monumental architecture and complex society in Hawaii is of keen interest to archaeologists," said Northern Illinois University Assistant Professor of Archaeology Michael Kolb. "In many ways, Maui represents an excellent test case for state development.

Update: More here.