Coastal Occupation at the GS-1 Site, Cook’s Bay, Mo‘orea, Society Islands

  • Jennifer G. Kahn Bishop Museum
Keywords: Society Islands, coastal sites, settlement chronology, wood charcoal identification


Excavations at the GS-1 site uncovered buried stratigraphic deposits of some depth. Site stratigraphy and artifact content suggests the area was first used as a coastal habitation prior to being covered by substantial colluvial deposits and in historic times, modern fill. Wood charcoal samples recovered from the site were identified to short lived species for AMS radiocarbon dating. The wood charcoal identifications were also used to identify indigenous versus introduced species in order to clarify the depositional events associated with the stratigraphic deposits. The lowest deposits at GS-1 date to as early as the 11th century Ad. Colluvial deposits overlying the lowest strata were definitively related to human activities, as Polynesian introductions are present in the wood charcoal assemblages. Finally, the frequency and types of artifacts recovered suggest the area served as an adze manufacturing locale through time.
How to Cite
Kahn, J. (2012) “Coastal Occupation at the GS-1 Site, Cook’s Bay, Mo‘orea, Society Islands”, Journal of Pacific Archaeology, 3(2), pp. 52-61. Available at: (Accessed: 27July2021).
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