Kosrae Archeological Survey and Training Project
(FSM) Historic Preservation Office is hosting an archaeological training
project in excavation and site interpretation.
Dr. Felicia Beardsley,
year project work has made some highly significant contributions to the
archaeological record of Kosrae and
Secondly, archaeological excavations at Finol Tokosra are recovering a large number of stone carving tools and debris. The entire site appears to be a stone carving/sculpting workshop. Among some of the findings are a massive boulder that was in the process of being reduced to more manageable blocks of stone and two carved heads that overlook paved spring outlets. At least one of the carved heads has been identified as a manta ray, which is an ancient clan symbol.
Finally, the archaeological record at Finol Tokosra appears to contain several features that match an oral history account of a settlement's revenge upon a tyrant king. The archaeological project has thus far uncovered a pit complete with carved exotic stones at the base, along with a stone war club (carved to resemble a fish). According to the oral history, the villagers dug a large hole into which the king and his men were thrown, and then killed and buried.
Participants in the training
include the archaeological staff of the Kosrae HPO, as well as two of their
student trainees, and six local men. The
project will be completed by