Easter Island Statue Project Official Website

Welcome to the Easter Island Statue Project (EISP) web site!

Jo Anne Van Tilburg, Ph.D.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Mayor Petero Edmunds and Jo Anne Van Tilburg announcing the site preservation grant from the Archaeological Institute of America, Hanga Roa, Rapa Nui, 2009.

Mayor Petero Edmunds and Dr. Jo Anne Van Tilburg announcing the site preservation grant from the Archaeological Institute of America, Hanga Roa, Rapa Nui, 2008.

We are pleased that you have taken the time to join us, and to share in our archaeological exploration on Easter Island (Rapa Nui).

Our survey is a systematic mapping and descriptive study of all of the monolithic stone statues (moai) on the island and in museums and collections world-wide. We have created the world’s largest and most complete archive of maps, photographs, drawings, measurements and other data on over 1000 statues.

We share our data with the supervising authorities in Chile and on Rapa Nui.  Our research thoughts on the comparative analyses of our data are widely published. We participate in public programs and media presentations for the public. As you read this, our massive database is being transferred into a new, web-based data filing and sharing system that will allow access to all of our collaborators and colleagues world-wide, as well as to the Rapa Nui people and the interested public.

We have established our own Mana Gallery on the island. It houses our field office and art gallery in which Rapa Nui artists show their work. They also use our data to innovate on the ancient aesthetics of their gifted ancestors. In this way, we enrich and expand our research. If you are fortunate enough to visit the island, please stop by the gallery.

We are proud and grateful to announce the latest honor accorded our project. We have received a major field work and preservation grant from the Archaeological Institute of America.  We hope you will join us often to follow our progress in the field.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jo Anne Van Tilburg, Ph.D. — Archaeologist; Director, UCLA Rock Art Archive, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology; Project Director, Easter Island Statue Project Conservation Initiative

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Posted on May 5th, 2009 by Jo Anne Van Tilburg, Ph.D. | Category: Letters from the Director |