Bishop Museum puts archaeological database on web

HONOLULU (AP) - The Bishop Museum is making information about thousands of Hawaii sites excavated by its archaeologists available to the public through an online database.

The database has details on 12,800 sites.

Archaeology Collections Manager Rowan Gard says the database will allow people to search for information about their community, and perhaps even their own backyard.

Gard hopes the site will give people a greater understanding of the Hawaiian past.

A second version of the database will include thousands of artifact images and research manuscripts.

The museum has over a million artifacts of Native Hawaiian and historic Hawaii immigrant life. It's the largest such collection in the world.

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