POSSIBLE HAWAII-PAPUA NEW GUINEA PETROGLYPH LINK

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HONOLULU, Hawaii (July 17, 1997 - PIDP/CPIS)---An expert in Hawaiian rock art, Ed Stasack, believes a rare Hawaiian petroglyph design may have links to Papua New Guinea, where an archaeological dig has turned up Polynesian artifacts.

Petroglyphs are images carved onto rocks.

Stasack, retired Chairman of the University of Hawaii Art Department and author of the authoritative "Hawaiian Petroglyphs," says the image, which shows a sideways view of a crouching human figure, suggests Hawaiians sculptured the Polynesian design on local stones wherever their voyaging canoes went, apparently including Papua New Guinea. He says the crouching figure now is extremely rare, with only six examples of rocks with that image known to still exist in Hawaii.

The PNG dig last year, supervised by John Edward Terrell, an archaeologist with the Field Museum in Chicago. also discovered Lapita pottery.

Lapita-style pottery has been found in several areas of the Southeast Pacific, centered around New Caledonia, and at ancient sites in Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa. Small pieces also have been found in the Marquesas, but none in Hawaii.

 

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