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Articles relating to EISP research and fieldwork

  1. Phase 1 Season 6
  2. Phase 1 Season 1
  3. Phase 1 Season 2
  4. Phase 1 Season 3
  5. Phase 1 Season 4
  6. Phase 1 Season 5
  7. Fly to our Excavation Site!
  8. Join Us in a Monumental Task
  9. Meet our EISP Excavation Crew!
  10. Phase 2 Season 1
  11. Phase 2 Season 2
  12. Letter from Easter Island

An overview of explorers and Rapanui informants who have collected and documented the island culture

  1. Statue Material & Base Shape Distribution Histograms
  2. Documenting Objects in Museums and Collections
  3. Easter Island Statue Project History: 1990s
  4. Megaliths and Mariners: Experimental Archaeology on Easter Island
  5. Rano Raraku Exterior Quarry: Moai sketches and neck tracings (RR-002-077)
  6. Statue Distribution Map
  7. The Rapanui carver’s perspective: Notes and observations on the experimental replication of monolithic sculpture (moai)
  8. Transport Experiment: Measurement Diagrams & Models
  9. Back Story: Archaeological Inventory Project
  10. Easter Island’s Ethnographic Triangle:

Katherine Scoresby Routledge and the Mana Expedition

  1. Easter Island’s Ethnographic Triangle:
  2. The Candle or the Mirror: Edith Jones Wharton (1862-1937) and Katherine Pease Routledge (1866-1935)
  3. Writing Routledge: Her Field Notes and Their Value to Science
  1. Easter Island Quadrangle Map
  2. Getting the Picture: Archaeological Inventory, Database Imagery, and Preservation of Easter Island Statues
  3. Statue Distribution Map
  4. The Easter Island Statue Project Archive and Database

EISP compiles an inventory of Rapanui objects located in museum collections around the world

  1. Hoa Hakananai’a Laser Scan Project
  2. Documenting Objects in Museums and Collections
  3. Moai at the Fonck Museum, Viña Del Mar, Chile
  4. Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, Santiago de Chile
  5. Smithsonian Moai SI-WDC-001

Rano Raraku Quarry Survey

  1. Easter Island Statue Project History: July-August 2002
  2. Easter Island Statue Project History: October-November 2002
  3. Easter Island Statue Project History: 2003
  4. Easter Island Statue Project History: 2004
  5. Easter Island Statue Project History: 2005-2006
  6. Getting the Picture: Archaeological Inventory, Database Imagery, and Preservation of Easter Island Statues
  7. GPS Mapping of Rano Raraku Interior
  8. Rano Raraku Interior, Moai RR-03C-011
  9. Easter Island: total land area of Rapa Nui
  10. Welcome to the Easter Island Statue Project (EISP) web site!
  11. Easter Island heads have great bodies!
  12. EISP Statue Conservation Initiative and DATASHARE
  13. Excavation Season IV July-August 2011
  14. Excavation Season V October-November 2011
  15. Heads Up! An Exciting New Discovery!
  16. Letter from Easter Island
  17. Walking moai and “Levitated Mass”
  18. Sleuthing a “mystery” Photo!
  19. Sustainable Archaeology: Discovery of the Master Carver’s “Signature”
  20. Sustainable Archaeology on Easter Island
  21. Sustainable Archaeology: Rapa Nui Students and EISP Excavations
  1. Forthcoming Publication: Atlas of Easter Island Statues

Research Documents and Publications

  1. Phase 1 Season 6
  2. Ahu Tongariki: Moai 14-548-009
  3. AIA Conservation Project Reconnaissance
  4. Bas-relief Dorsal Designs
  5. Statue Material & Base Shape Distribution Histograms
  6. Documenting Objects in Museums and Collections
  7. Phase 1 Season 1
  8. Phase 1 Season 2
  9. Easter Island Statue Project History: 1990s
  10. Phase 1 Season 3
  11. Phase 1 Season 4
  12. Phase 1 Season 5
  13. Join Us in a Monumental Task
  14. Conservation Report Season II
  15. Meet our EISP Excavation Crew!
  16. Megaliths and Mariners: Experimental Archaeology on Easter Island
  17. Phase 2 Season 1
  18. Phase 2 Season 2
  19. Rano Raraku Exterior Quarry: Moai sketches and neck tracings (RR-002-077)
  20. Statue Distribution Map
  21. The Rapanui carver’s perspective: Notes and observations on the experimental replication of monolithic sculpture (moai)
  22. Transport Experiment: Measurement Diagrams & Models
  23. The AIA selects Easter Island as its second Site Preservation project
  24. Back Story: Archaeological Inventory Project
  25. Easter Island’s Ethnographic Triangle:

Comparative studies across Polynesian cultures add insight into the development of Rapa Nui culture

  1. Fieldwork on the Islands of Oreor and Babeldaob, Republic of Belau (Palau), Micronesia, 1987
  2. Palau Statue Survey Map & Data Table: 1987
  3. School of the Pacific Islands in Belau

Some interesting field notes and documents from the EISP Archives. Click on images for a larger view.

  1. Ahu Akahanga 07-581
  2. Ahu Akahanga 07-584
  3. Ahu O’Pepe 20-001
  4. Ahu Tangi Uka
  5. Ahu Tongariki: Moai 14-548-009
  6. Ahu Vai Mata 32-059 & Moai 32-023-001
  7. Ahu Vaihu 06-255
  8. Ahu Vinapu: Moai 02-210-004
  9. Bas-relief Dorsal Designs
  10. Basalt Statue, PSE 84
  11. Statue Material & Base Shape Distribution Histograms
  12. Easter Island Quadrangle Map
  13. Makemake Rock Art Motifs
  14. Measuring Calipers
  15. Moai A Hani
  16. Moai at the Fonck Museum, Viña Del Mar, Chile
  17. Moai Paro Digital Reconstruction
  18. Palau Statue Survey Map & Data Table: 1987
  19. Rano Raraku Exterior Quarry: Moai sketches and neck tracings (RR-002-077)
  20. Rano Raraku Interior, Moai RR-03C-011
  21. Rano Raraku Slope, Small Moai “Little Tukuturi”
  22. Sketch of Rano Raraku Exterior Quarry
  23. Smithsonian Moai SI-WDC-001
  24. Statue Distribution Map
  25. Statue Shape Variation
  26. Statues Along Transport Roads
  27. Trachite Statue, Ahu 1, Poike
  28. Trachite Statue, Poike
  29. Transport Experiment: Measurement Diagrams & Models
  30. Vinapu Pukao, 02-210
  31. Ahu Akahanga, Moai 07-585-001

Our work on Easter Island has involved thinking about many varied topics. We give frequent professional presentations and public lectures based on written papers. In this section, we would like to share with you some of the presentations that, in many cases, are works in progress. Your feedback invited.

  1. Getting the Picture: Archaeological Inventory, Database Imagery, and Preservation of Easter Island Statues
  1. Among Stone Giants: The Life of Katherine Routledge and Her Remarkable Expedition to Easter Island
  2. Easter Island: Archaeology, Ecology, and Culture
  3. EISP Publications Order Form
  4. Recording, Documentation, and Information Management for the Conservation of Heritage Places
  5. Remote Possibilities: Hoa Hakananai’a and HMS Topaze on Rapa Nui

A replica moai was created and transported in an experiment, filmed for NOVA “Secrets of Lost Empires: Easter Island”, 1997.

  1. Megaliths and Mariners: Experimental Archaeology on Easter Island
  2. The Rapanui carver’s perspective: Notes and observations on the experimental replication of monolithic sculpture (moai)
  3. Transport Experiment: Measurement Diagrams & Models