Archeology

Ana Hue Neru

Ana Hue Neru

Ana Hue NeruThe Caves To Whiten PeopleAs far back as the late 19th Century, various expeditions have attempted to unravel the mysteries of the Rapanui culture through archaeological research and the oral traditions of the Islanders. However, whatever knowledge that...

Ngaru’a or Neck Pillow

Ngaru’a or Neck Pillow

Ngaru’aor Neck PillowAntiguamente los isleños no buscaban mayores comodidades en sus Hare Paenga (casas bote), en los Hare Mauku (habitaciones de piedra techada con pasto) o en la caverna que eligieron para vivir; para ellos estos espacios eran solamente lugares donde...

Talismans of Rapa Nui

Talismans of Rapa Nui

Talismans of Rapa NuiHo’onu o Tortuga or Turtle: In the old days, turtles were very common on Easter Island. La Perousse Bay was originally called Hanga Ho’onu or “Bay of Turtles”. According to the older people, the sandy shore of La Perousse was where the turtles of...

The Eye of the Moai

The Eye of the Moai

The Eye of the MoaiBy Cristian Moreno Pakarati - Historiador / HistorianNearly three hundred megalithic statues were at one time erected on ceremonial platforms on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), the vast majority along the almost 60 km (37 miles) of coastline around the...

The Cult of the Ancestors and the Moais

The Cult of the Ancestors and the Moais

The Cult of the Ancestors and the MoaisScientists, especially ethnologists, have long studied how different and complex communities were formed and what cultural aspects kept them alive. In New Guinea, the second largest island on the planet, more than one thousand...

Ara o te, the moai road

Ara o te, the moai road

Ara o te, the moai roadHalfway up the side of the Rano Raraku volcano and buried up to their chests, more than a hundred giant statues (Moai) never reached the sanctuary (Ahu) for which they were destined. Carved out of the quarry, they were lowered by ropes to an...

Rock Paintings from Orongo

Rock Paintings from Orongo

Rock Paintings from OrongoDuring their visit to the stone houses in Orongo where the men of the Bird-Man cult used to perform their rituals, Commander Geisler and his purser Weisser were able to see that inside the rooms, on the opposite wall to the door or on the...

German Archaeological Excavation

German Archaeological Excavation

AVA RANGA UKA A TOROKE HAUGerman Archaeological Excavation (2nd Stage)New studies are being done by the German and Swiss archaeological team, together with the Anthropological Museum and the Mata Ki Te Rangi Foundation of Rapa Nui, at Ava Ranga Uka a Toroke Hau near...

The Failure of the Moai

The Failure of the Moai

The Failure of the MoaiTestimonials and legends confirm that there were difficult times.  Juan Tepano, a major source for Routledge, Macmillan Brown and Metraux, told them that when he was young the old people spoke of the “failure of the overthrown statues”.  He also...

Rapa Nui – An enormous petrified sponge

Rapa Nui – An enormous petrified sponge

Rapa Nui An enormous petrified spongeUnder a thin layer of soil over the ancient volcanic rocks lies an invisible world, cloaked in legends and mysteries.  Rapa Nui has a volcanic bedrock which can be compared to a giant petrified sponge, riddled with caverns of...

Excavations at Rano Raraku

Excavations at Rano Raraku

Excavations at Rano RarakuJo Anne van TilburgWith the ratification of excavation permits from the Island authorities, Jo Anne van Tilberg completed the first stage of excavations begun in Abril of 2010 in the quarry at Rano Raraku, which were interrupted earlier this...

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