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Lerna I: The Fauna by Nils-Gustaf Gejvall

By Nils-Gustaf Gejvall

Produced at a time while faunal reports have been nonetheless unusual on such a lot excavations, this booklet could seem methodologically quite old-fashioned now. although, the descriptive sections offer remarkable insights into the lives of the population of Bronze Age Lerna, perched at the fringe of the Gulf of Argos. the writer indicates, for instance, that almost all canines at the web site have been eaten, that pigs have been the earliest cultivate, and that the pony arrived within the payment within the heart Helladic interval. Fragments of tuna and nice Blue Shark recommend deep sea fishing, whereas continues to be of endure, badger, otter, marten and lynx recommend a surrounding atmosphere wealthy in animal lifestyles. The author's detection of a proliferation in chicken species (from marsh and sea birds within the Early Bronze Age, to extra dry state birds like rock partridge, fowl, bustard, pigeon, raven, and crow within the heart Bronze Age) is of even wider value, suggesting attainable weather swap.

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Violet: But you know, when you think about it, during that time those things did happen. The people then had the power. During my dad’s day, when he was living here with all those old people, he said there were people who had special power. He said (that when) the person died, the person would be dead for one week, but no decomposition took place. That’s when the spirit went someplace holoholo (traveling). But then you got to get the prayers and you got to find the person who could pray to bring them back, to put him back in the body.

Hale means house. Le‘a, translated by some as joy, refers to all the pleasures of life, often with a special allusion to sexual pleasure. A place of great beauty and abundant resources, Halele‘a is probably the most well-watered district on Kaua‘i. In this moku characterized by many streams and rivers concentrated in a small area, mountains are close to the sea and several of its valleys reach deep into the interior of the island. Productive reefs and several sheltered bays provide landing places and safe harbors for canoes, providing easy access to the abundant ocean resources present in those waters.

These inshore areas, the ahupua‘a fisheries, rather than being perceived as open range free to being plundered and accessible to all, were cared for as if they were extensions of the gardens filling coastal plains, stream-lined valleys, and forest clearings in the uplands. Testimony of elders stresses the importance of the land and ocean resources. Kapeka: Oh yeah, all of us got to go taro patch. When you big, old enough, every­ body go. Because the parents going, they not going leave their kids at home.

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