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The Easter Island Statue Project Archive and Database

Variety of film and paper media archived and digitized for the EISP database. <br />©2005 EISP/JVT/ Photo: A. Hom

Variety of film and paper media archived and digitized for the EISP database. ©2005 EISP/JVT/ Photo: A. Hom

EISP Database Defined

The Easter Island Statue Project (EISP) database is a comprehensive, interactive, searchable computer-based file of all moai data collected by Jo Anne Van Tilburg and her various field teams during archaeological fieldwork on Rapa Nui and, as well, during her extensive museum studies since 1982.

EISP Database Purpose

The purpose of EISP is to amass large quantities of objective data in standardized ways, creating a body of information which, when analyzed, enables the recognition of patterns illustrating shared cultural norms that will allow for outlining and defining the prehistoric social system.

Categories of Descriptive Data

The EISP database contains the following broad categories of data types: quadrant descriptions, quadrant images, site and statue images, site type definitions, statue type definitions, statue measurements, site descriptions, narrative field notes, statue condition reports, cross-reference identifiers, political divisions, historical and ethnographic observations, and survey and excavation histories.

Raw Data Storage

The materials that make up the EISP database are all contained in the EISP. Everything is stored in safe conditions, with duplicate backup records in three different locations. The database itself is stored on three computers, one of which is with Van Tilburg and the other with C. Arévalo P.

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Posted on May 5th, 2009 by Jo Anne Van Tilburg, Ph.D. | Categories: Moai Inventory |

Getting the Picture: Archaeological Inventory, Database Imagery, and Preservation of Easter Island Statues

This is a condensed and edited version of an address given at the Getty Conservation Institute in October, 2004.

Introduction

The Easter Island Statue Project (EISP) is an archaeological inventory designed to locate and document every monolithic stone sculpture (moai) on Rapa Nui.  Our research purpose is to amass large quantities of objective data in standardized ways, and to employ data analysis strategies that enable recognition of principle motif patterns, define the design canon and illustrate cultural norms. This paper describes three aspects of the project: the collection and maintenance of raw data, database strategy and management, and statue environmental damage and condition assessment reports.
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Posted on May 4th, 2009 by Jo Anne Van Tilburg, Ph.D. | Categories: Conservation Reports, Moai Inventory, Presentations, Rano Raraku Survey |

Statue Distribution Map

Distribution of monolithic statue sites relative to Routledge's (1919) kin group divisions. Computer drafting by Gordon Hull. From Easter Island Archaeology, Ecology and Culture by Jo Anne Van Tilburg. London: British Museum Press and Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994.Distribution of monolithic statue sites relative to Routledge’s (1919) kin group divisions. Computer drafting by Gordon Hull. From Easter Island Archaeology, Ecology and Culture by Jo Anne Van Tilburg. London: British Museum Press and Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994.

Posted on May 4th, 2009 by EISP Staff | Categories: 1990s, Field Notes & Documents, Moai Inventory |

Easter Island Quadrangle Map

Map showing the distribution of documented statues and statue sites to 1989. Archaeological survey quadrangles after the University of Chile. EISP data. Drafting by Curtiss H. Johnson, 1989.Map showing the distribution of documented statues and statue sites to 1989. Archaeological survey quadrangles after the University of Chile. EISP data. Drafting by Curtiss H. Johnson, 1989.

Posted on May 4th, 2009 by EISP Staff | Categories: 1980s, Field Notes & Documents, Moai Inventory |