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Easter Greetings

Jo Anne Van Tilburg, Ph.D.

Dear EISP Friends,

Spring is upon us with the full, sunshine force of California’s glorious climate. I thought you might like to know that we are making good progress on the production of our publication project, the “Easter Island Atlas.” We are, in a way, victims of our own success…so many of our archaeological colleagues in Rapa Nui research have honored us by sharing their field notes and image files for inclusion in our EISP Datashare project that we are literally “digging out” from under a mountain of data. But the exciting part is that we are finally seeing the more complete picture that frames the monolithic moai achievement. Data on agriculture, excavations, water management, architecture, and much, much more are being filed and then compiled into a comprehensive archaeological taxonomy. I know it sounds daunting but is also very, very interesting!

Jo Anne Van Tilburg with Anderson Cooper during the interview for CBS 60 Minutes, at Mana Gallery, Hanga Roa, Rapa Nui

Just a head’s up:
For your viewing pleasure on Easter Sunday, April 21, CBS 60 Minutes will feature a segment I filmed on the island with Anderson Cooper in November. It tells a fascinating story of the many challenges and triumphs of the ancient Rapanui culture. It features our project and its focus on community archaeology.

Kind regards,

Jo Anne Van Tilburg





“Easter Island’s famous moai statues slowly fading away”, CBS 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper, April 21, 2019.

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

Posted on April 19th, 2019 by Jo Anne Van Tilburg, Ph.D. | Category: Letters from the Director |