Saturday, March 21, 2015
“I believe these were the largest workshops in the world for making of stone tools.” (Emory) The quarry is an area of roughly 7½-square miles on the south slope of Mauna Kea. The main activity was concentrated in a zone that is 1-to-1½ miles wide between the 11,000 & 12,400 ft elevation.
Most stages of adze manufacture (kākoʻi - to make adzes; adze maker) were carried out at these sites. An adze is an ancient type of edge tool dating back to the Stone Age. Similar to an axe in shape, it was used for cutting, smoothing, and carving wood and other materials.
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