Petroglyphs Emerge Along The Coast Of Hawaii

Posted: Aug 10 2016, 12:56pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 12 2016, 10:20pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Petroglyphs Emerge Along the Coast of Hawaii
A 400-year-old petroglyph on the West coast of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Credit: Credit: Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

Shifting sands reveal a series of petroglyphs along Hawaii's Waianae coast and these carvings are believed to be at least 400 years old.

It appears that a lot of prehistoric rock art is buried inside Hawaii and some of this treasure is now becoming visible.

Shifting sands have recently revealed a series of petroglyphs on the Hawaiian coast and experts believe this engraved stone art is at least 400 years old.

The petroglyphs were discovered by a Texas couple last month. The couple was strolling through Hawaii's Waianae coast on the island of Oahu when they stumbled across an image craved into rock. Upon further investigation, they found 10 more, collectively covering a large area of almost 60 feet on the beach. Since then, 17 carvings have been discovered, including one almost 5 feet across.

The Texas couple was on the coastline and looking for sunset when a beam hitting one of the petrogplyph caught their attention. 

“For some reason there was a beam of light…just a beam…it landed right on one of them and for some reason I just turned my head.  I said, look, it was just a stroke of luck.” Lonnie Watson who made the discovery said in a statement. 

US army archeologists are documenting those findings since army manages thousands of acres on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii and these army lands include more than thousand of prehistoric archeological sites. Surprisingly, no army archeologist has found petroglyphs on shoreline before.

“What’s interesting is the Army in Hawaiʻi manages several thousand archaeological sites, but this is the first one with petroglyphs directly on the shoreline.” Army archaeologist Alton Exzabe told Maui News.

He added. “What’s exciting for me, is I grew up coming to this beach and now as an archeologist working for the army, helping to manage this site, we discovered these petroglyphs that have never been recorded. Some people have said they’ve seen them before, but this is quite a significant find.”

These petroglyphs contain several vertical and horizontal lines. All of these images obviously represent something but interpreting them is mostly impossible. Most of them apparently contain human figures while some have fingers too.

“It’s very important to know about the lineal descendants of the area and their understanding of these petroglyphs. They record our genealogy and religion.” Glen Kila, a lineal descendant from an aboriginal family living on the island said. 

Currently, State Historic Preservation Division and the US Army are crafting a plan to further protect and preserve this site so that these fragile petroglyphs cannot be damaged by visitors and retain their original state.

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