Easter Island Survey
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WHAT: RAPA NUI QUARRY | WHERE: EASTER ISLAND, CHILE | SURVEY: 2012 DATE OF SITE: LATE BRONZE AGE, ca. A.D. 10th-16th C.
In 2012 Dr. Shelley Wachsmann, Meadows Professor of Biblical Archaeology on the faculty of Texas A&M University’s Nautical Archaeology Program, joined Dr. Jo Anne Van Tilburg (the Cotsen Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles) on Easter Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site off the coast of Chile.
Dr. Van Tilburg has been working on the island for the past thirty years, with a particular interest in the study and conservation of moai (monumental stone statues), crafted by ancient Rapa Nui sculptors, and she is in the process of excavating and conserving two moai on the internal slope of the extinct volcano, Rano Raruku. The pair were joined by INA Associate Director Jeff Morris and his wife Sue. With the help of Rapa Nui paddlers, the group carried out a remote-sensing survey in Rano Raraku lake.
The team also explored other elements of maritime culture that might serve as avenues of research on the island and allow INA to delve into the lost world of Rapa Nui seafaring.
Learn more about moai excavation and conservation on Easter Island: www.eisp.orgSelected Bibliography
Arana, P. M. (2014). Ancient fishing activities developed in Easter Island. Latin American Journal Of Aquatic Research, 42(4), 673-689. doi:10.3856/vol42-issue4-fulltext-2
Finney, B. (2001). Voyage to Polynesia’s land’s end. Antiquity, 75(287), 172-181.
Van Tilburg, J. A., & Lee, G. (1987). Symbolic stratigraphy: Rock art and the monolithic statues of Easter Island. World Archaeology, 19(2), 133. doi:10.1080/00438243.1987.9980030.> Read Less