Involvement of the local population

Some of the Babeldaob earthwork complexes have been on the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage status since 2004. Several local Palauan experts have worked intensively on the documentation and investigation of the archaeological heritage in the past years. Nevertheless, the knowledge of the uniqueness of these monumental structures is not very widespread among the population of Babeldaob. Public lectures, workshops, and the involvement of the locals in our research work make a significant contribution to the appreciation and preservation of the archaeological heritage. It is an important aspect of our work that the research results are available to the local people and we hope that our findings can provide impetus for continuous cultural preservation. At the end of the project, we plan to do a workshop in Palau, at which our research results will be shared and discussed with the Palauans and interested researchers. At the same time, we want to organize an exhibition on the earthworks with the Belau National Museum, so that not only foreign visitors, but above all the local population can get an idea about our work on these monumental structures that have so permanently changed the landscape of Babeldaob.


Odi, Olgne and Simon
Odi, Olgne and Simon A. Kühlem
Rubash and Odi
Rubash and OdiA. Kühlem
Can, Hayton and Six
Can, Hayton and SixA. Kühlem


Olgne and Andreas
Olgne and Andreas A. Kühlem
Christian, Rubash, Odi, Blaize
Christian, Rubash, Odi, BlaizeA. Kühlem
Rubash and Odi
Rubash and Odi A. Kühlem
Ben commemorated our field work
Ben commemorated our field work A. Kühlem


Challenges of an Island Ecosystem
The human factor
The monumental earthworks of Babeldaob
The first contact with the outside world
Brief history and state of research
Open questions
Geoarchaeological and archaeological research
Involvement of the local population
Project data