Archaeology Research

Archaeology Research

Research-focused excavations by Bishop Museum archaeologists in other areas of the Pacific, including French Polynesia, Tonga, Samoa, and the Solomon Islands significantly added to our understanding of Pacific migration, settlement, and cultural history and also greatly enlarged the Archaeology Collection. This collection continues to be researched as part of the Ho‘omaka Hou Research Initiative, which is a collection-based research program that was established in 2013.

Researchers currently working in the Anthropology Department specialize in the archaeology of Hawai‘i and Rapa Nui.

Collection Access

In order to request access to the collections for research purposes, please fill out our Collection Access Request Form. For access not related to academic research, please submit email inquiries to the Archaeology Collection Manager.


To request a loan of artifacts or samples, please fill out our Loan Request Form. For loan requests involving destructive analysis, the Destructive Analysis Request Form must also be completed.

Artifact Photography and Image and Document Reproductions

Explicit written permission to publish photographs of objects in the archaeology collection, as well as images and documents reproduced from paper documents or digital files owned by the Anthropology Department, must be granted in advance. Please refer to the Anthropology Department’s Photography and Reproduction Procedures.

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