Mayor Announces Maui County’s First Hired Archaeologist

May 28, 2020, 8:34 AM HST · Updated May 28, 8:34 AM
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Dr. Janet L. Six. Photo courtesy: County of Maui.

Dr. Janet L. Six has been selected as the first archaeologist to be employed by the County of Maui in a position created to protect the County’s significant natural, cultural and historical resources. She begins work on June 1.

“Dr. Six has an impressive resume both in her education and training and with decades of experience as an archaeologist working in Maui County,” Mayor Victorino said. “With that, she has a strong foundation upon which to oversee measures to help develop cultural resource management plans and policies on Maui, Moloka`i, Lana`i and Kaho`olawe.”

Dr. Six earned her Doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, her Master’s in Anthropology from Columbia University and Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Classical Civilization from New York University and an Associate’s degree from Maui Community College. In addition to serving as the lead archaeologist with Sixth Sense Archaeological Consultants based on Maui since 2006, she has served on the Maui County Cultural Resources Commission and has extensive experience working with the local community.

Her prior work experience also includes serving as archaeologist for the National Park Service on Haleakala, and as a lecturer at University of Hawai`i Maui College, Southern New Hampshire University and Institute for Shipboard Education’s Semester at Sea.

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As the first archaeologist for the County of Maui, some of Dr. Six’s duties include identifying, developing and maintaining an inventory of locally significant natural, cultural, and historical resources for protection and perpetuation. She will prepare or oversee the preparation of preservation plans for archaeological and cultural resources that outline short- and long-term preservation and mitigation measures.

“I’m ready to work for the people of Maui County to do what’s best for our natural, historical and cultural resources,” Dr. Six said. “I thank Mayor Victorino for entrusting me with this important job.”

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