Anthropology Department Staff

Mara A. Mulrooney, Ph.D.

Assistant Anthropologist

Phone: 808-847-8285
Fax: 808-848-4132
Email: mara[at]

2012 Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Auckland
2005 M.A. (First Class Honours), Anthropology, University of Auckland
2001 B.A., Art History, Anthropology Minor, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Interests
Pacific archaeology, Hawaiian archaeology, Geographic Information Systems, chronometric dating analysis, landscape archaeology, exchange and interaction, social complexity, agricultural intensification, ideological legitimization of power, contact and colonialism.

Fieldwork and Museum Studies
Archaeological fieldwork on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), New Zealand, the Hawaiian Islands, Guam, and Fiji. Collections-based research on Nasca ceramics from Nasca, Peru.

Professional Experience and Positions Held
Assistant Anthropologist, Anthropology Department, Bishop Museum (2013-present)

President, Society for Hawaiian Archaeology (2013-present)

Editor, Rapa Nui Journal (2013-present)

Co-editor, Rapa Nui Journal (2010-2013)

Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (2013)
Course Taught: Anthropology 464: Hawaiian Archaeology

Contracted Archaeologist, Geometria Heritage Management and Archaeological Services (2004, 2008, 2012)

Professional Teaching Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland (2009-2012)
Courses taught:
• Anthropology 104: Peoples and Cultures of the Pacific
• Anthropology 200: Understanding the Past
• Anthropology 306: Pacific Archaeology

Senior Tutor, Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland (2004, 2006-2012)
• Anthropology 101: World Archaeology
• Anthropology 104: Peoples and Cultures of the Pacific
• Anthropology 200: Understanding the Past

Professional Teaching Fellow, Department of Continuing Education, University of Auckland (2011)
Course taught: History and Culture of New Zealand

Field Director, Earthwatch Expedition to Rapa Nui (2006, 2008)

Field Supervisor, Hawaiian Archaeological Research Program (2003, 2004, 2007)

GIS Specialist/Archaeologist, International Archaeological Research Institute, Inc. (IARII) (2005-2006)

Selected Publications
2013 Mulrooney, M.A. An island-wide assessment of the chronology of settlement and land use on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) based on radiocarbon data. Journal of Archaeological Science 40:4377-4399.

2013 Mulrooney, M.A. The voyage of Waka Tapu to Rapa Nui. Rapa Nui Journal 27(1):87-89.

2012 Mulrooney, M.A. Continuity or Collapse? Diachronic Settlement and Land Use in Hanga Ho‘onu, Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Unpublished doctoral thesis, Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland.

2011 Mulrooney, M.A., S.H. Bickler, M.S. Allen & T.N. Ladefoged. High-precision dating of colonization and settlement in East Polynesia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(23):E192-E194.

2010 Mulrooney, M.A., T.N. Ladefoged, C.M. Stevenson, & S. Haoa. Empirical assessment of a pre-European societal collapse on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). In The Gotland Papers. Selected Papers from the VII International Conference on Easter Island and the Pacific: Migration, Identity, and Cultural Heritage. Eds. P. Wallin and H. Martinsson-Wallin. Gotland: Gotland University Press, pp. 141-154.

2010 Ladefoged, T.N., C.M. Stevenson, S. Haoa, M. Mulrooney, C. Puleston, P.M. Vitousek & O.A. Chadwick. Soil nutrient analysis and Rapa Nui gardening. Archaeology in Oceania 45:80-85.

2009 Mulrooney, M.A., T.N. Ladefoged, C.M. Stevenson, & S. Haoa. The Myth of AD 1680: New Evidence from Hanga Ho‘onu, Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Rapa Nui Journal 23(2):94-105.

2008 Mulrooney, M.A., T.N. Ladefoged, C.M. Stevenson, & S. Haoa Cardinali. Reporte Resumen: Investigación Arqueológica en el Área del Proyecto Hanga Ho‘onu, Rapa Nui, Chile: Trabajos en el Campo en April a Mayo 2008. Final report submitted to the Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales (National Monuments Council), Government of Chile.

2006 Mulrooney, M.A. Archaeological Survey of Parcel A, Lot 439-R1, War in the Pacific National Park, Santa Rita Municipality, Guam. Final report prepared for the National Park Service. International Archaeological Research Institute, Inc., Honolulu.

2005 Mulrooney, M.A., T.N. Ladefoged, R. Gibb & D. McCurdy. Eight Million Points Per Day: Archaeological Implications of Laser Scanning and Three- Dimensional Modeling of Pu‘ukoholā Heiau, Hawai‘i Island. Hawaiian Archaeology 10:18-28.

2005 Mulrooney, M.A. & T.N. Ladefoged. Hawaiian heiau and agricultural production in the Kohala dryland field system. Journal of the Polynesian Society 114(1):45-67.

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