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Over 400 years old Petroglyphs may help shed light on lineal descendants of island of Oahu
Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources has announced about finding petroglyphs considered to be dating back to over 400 years. The petroglyphs, images carved into rock, were found while shifting sands on Hawaii's Waianae coast on the island of Oahu.
The department officials are quite happy with the find as the petroglyphs are considered to be a rarity. The engravings were found by a Texas couple in July while they were walking along the beach. Not one, but the couple has found up to 10 carvings along 60 feet of beach.
As per experts, the carvings were made by the Island's aboriginal inhabitants. Hawaii's State Historic Preservation Division and the US Army have been working in unison to know more about the carvings.
One of the first experts to assess the carvings, US Army scientist Alton Exzabe, was of the view, “What's interesting is the Army in Hawaii manages several thousand archaeological sites, but this is the first one with petroglyphs directly on the shoreline”.
There are some people who have said that they have come across these carvings earlier as well, but these are quite a significant find. Exzabe said that they need to come up with a plan to protect and preserve the site.
All the carvings are important, but for Exzabe, the ones with the fingers are quite unique. Giving description about petroglyphs, Exzabe was of the view that they are generally around a foot tall. In the case of the latest find, petroglyphs have been found to be four to five feet tall.
Glen Kila, a lineal descendant of aboriginal families and lives in the area, has termed the findings to be important because it will help to know about the lineal descendants of the area.