The Kamupau project is a multifaceted approach to rock art recording and conservation.
With a program of comprehensive photography, computerized drawings of isolated layers, a complete conservation analysis, environmental studies, archaeological investigations, and pigment analyses, the project is developing a "baseline of information".
This baseline of information is currently being employed to try to gain a better anthropological understanding of the indigenous people who lived and created the compelling pictographs and other features that survive to this day at Kamupau.
Kamupau is an incredibly important and fragile archaeological site. Located in the isolated hills of Southern California, Kamupau is a complex archaeological site comprised of bedrock-mortars, cupule, and pictograph features. Archaeologists found tiny fragments of pigment in the sand on the cave floor.
At the Getty Conservation Institute in southern California, Dr. David A. Scott and Stefanie Scheerer are in the process of analyzing some of the pigment fragments. Stefanie Scheerer prepared and provided all of images of the pigment samples with a Leica MPS Photautomat, attached to a Leica MZ6 Stereomicroscope. In attempting to understand what the pigments were made from, they were examined using various methods of polarization and cross polarization.
Located on the web site www.anth.ucsb.edu/projects/kamupau/kamupau.html are various pages examining contemporary archaeological approaches to rock art recording and conservation strategies in Southern California. Each page focuses on a different aspect of an ongoing documentation project.