The Anthropology Department has undergone many changes since its establishment early in the history of Bishop Museum. In the late 1960s, Department staff formed a contract archaeology division, which was subsequently reorganized into the Archaeological Research Group (ARG). Later reabsorbed into the Anthropology Department, the collections and research produced by Bishop Museum’s contract archaeology program produced an immense amount of archaeological data from islands throughout the Pacific. Between the late 1960s and the early 2000s, contract archaeological projects were undertaken on seven of the eight primary Hawaiian Islands, as well as Guam and the Marshall Islands.