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Articles relating to EISP research and fieldwork

  1. Field Season I
  2. Field Season II
  3. Field Season III
  4. Field Season IV
  5. Join Us in a Monumental Task
  6. Field Season V
  7. Meet our EISP Excavation Crew!
  8. Fly to our Excavation Site!
  9. Letter from Easter Island

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

  1. Writing Routledge: Her Field Notes and Their Value to Science
  2. The Candle or the Mirror: Edith Jones Wharton (1862-1937) and Katherine Pease Routledge (1866-1935)
  3. Easter Island’s Ethnographic Triangle:
  4. Back Story: Archaeological Inventory Project

Katherine Scoresby Routledge and the Mana Expedition

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

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

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

Rano Raraku Quarry Survey

  1. GPS Mapping of Rano Raraku Interior
  2. Easter Island Statue Project History: July-August 2002
  3. Easter Island Statue Project History: October-November 2002
  4. Easter Island Statue Project History: 2003
  5. Easter Island Statue Project History: 2004
  6. Easter Island Statue Project History: 2005-2006
  7. Rano Raraku Interior, Moai RR-03C-011
  8. Getting the Picture: Archaeological Inventory, Database Imagery, and Preservation of Easter Island Statues
  9. Easter Island: total land area of Rapa Nui
  10. Forthcoming Publication: Atlas of Easter Island Statues
  1. Forthcoming Publication: Atlas of Easter Island Statues

Research Documents and Publications

  1. Rano Raraku Exterior Quarry: Moai sketches and neck tracings (RR-002-077)
  2. Sketch of Rano Raraku Exterior Quarry
  3. Bas-relief Dorsal Designs
  4. Measuring Calipers
  5. Transport Experiment: Measurement Diagrams & Models
  6. Moai at the Fonck Museum, Viña Del Mar, Chile
  7. Ahu Vaihu 06-255
  8. Vinapu Pukao, 02-210
  9. Ahu Akahanga 07-581
  10. Ahu Akahanga 07-584
  11. Rano Raraku Slope, Small Moai “Little Tukuturi”
  12. Ahu Vai Mata 32-059 & Moai 32-023-001
  13. Ahu Tongariki: Moai 14-548-009
  14. Moai A Hani
  15. Easter Island Quadrangle Map
  16. Basalt Statue, PSE 84
  17. Trachite Statue, Ahu 1, Poike
  18. Palau Statue Survey Map & Data Table: 1987
  19. Trachite Statue, Poike
  20. Fieldwork on the Islands of Oreor and Babeldaob, Republic of Belau (Palau), Micronesia, 1987
  21. Smithsonian Moai SI-WDC-001
  22. Rano Raraku Interior, Moai RR-03C-011
  23. Ahu Tangi Uka
  24. Statue Distribution Map
  25. Statue Material & Base Shape Distribution Histograms
  26. Getting the Picture: Archaeological Inventory, Database Imagery, and Preservation of Easter Island Statues
  27. Ahu O’Pepe 20-001
  28. Moai Paro Digital Reconstruction
  29. Statue Shape Variation
  30. Statues Along Transport Roads
  31. Ahu Vinapu: Moai 02-210-004
  32. Makemake Rock Art Motifs
  33. EISP Publications Order Form
  34. School of the Pacific Islands in Belau
  35. Recording, Documentation, and Information Management for the Conservation of Heritage Places
  36. Ahu Akahanga, Moai 07-585-001
  37. Remote Possibilities: Hoa Hakananai’a and HMS Topaze on Rapa Nui
  38. Among Stone Giants: The Life of Katherine Routledge and Her Remarkable Expedition to Easter Island
  39. Easter Island: Archaeology, Ecology, and Culture

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

  1. Palau Statue Survey Map & Data Table: 1987
  2. Fieldwork on the Islands of Oreor and Babeldaob, Republic of Belau (Palau), Micronesia, 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. Rano Raraku Exterior Quarry: Moai sketches and neck tracings (RR-002-077)
  2. Sketch of Rano Raraku Exterior Quarry
  3. Bas-relief Dorsal Designs
  4. Measuring Calipers
  5. Transport Experiment: Measurement Diagrams & Models
  6. Moai at the Fonck Museum, Viña Del Mar, Chile
  7. Ahu Vaihu 06-255
  8. Vinapu Pukao, 02-210
  9. Ahu Akahanga 07-581
  10. Ahu Akahanga 07-584
  11. Rano Raraku Slope, Small Moai “Little Tukuturi”
  12. Ahu Vai Mata 32-059 & Moai 32-023-001
  13. Ahu Tongariki: Moai 14-548-009
  14. Moai A Hani
  15. Easter Island Quadrangle Map
  16. Basalt Statue, PSE 84
  17. Trachite Statue, Ahu 1, Poike
  18. Palau Statue Survey Map & Data Table: 1987
  19. Trachite Statue, Poike
  20. Smithsonian Moai SI-WDC-001
  21. Rano Raraku Interior, Moai RR-03C-011
  22. Ahu Tangi Uka
  23. Statue Distribution Map
  24. Statue Material & Base Shape Distribution Histograms
  25. Ahu O’Pepe 20-001
  26. Moai Paro Digital Reconstruction
  27. Statue Shape Variation
  28. Statues Along Transport Roads
  29. Ahu Vinapu: Moai 02-210-004
  30. Makemake Rock Art Motifs
  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. EISP Publications Order Form
  2. Recording, Documentation, and Information Management for the Conservation of Heritage Places
  3. Remote Possibilities: Hoa Hakananai’a and HMS Topaze on Rapa Nui
  4. Among Stone Giants: The Life of Katherine Routledge and Her Remarkable Expedition to Easter Island
  5. Easter Island: Archaeology, Ecology, and Culture

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

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