Excavations at Rano Raraku
Jo Anne van Tilburg
On the back of the statue, the excavation uncovered 13 petroglyphs of Polynesian canoes, a flying fish and three lines with a circle, very similar to carvings on other Moai. This would be the fifth excavation of this statue within modern Rapanui history. The first, done by Routledge, has no scientific record except for her field notes. The second time was by Thor Heyerdahl (1956), the third by the enthnographer Thomas Barthel (1957) and the fourth by the artist Lorenzo Dominguez (1960). All excavated the Moai to the same level as Routledge and then reburied it. Someone even left a forgotten empty bottle of French wine within the fill. Sadly, over the last 100 years there have been around 90 excavations of statues in different parts of the Island by various people, without the corresponding reports or scientific registries.
A section of map generated by GPS data, showing the location and features of the Moai within the quarry at Rano Raraku.
The new excavations carried out in Rano Raraku, the moais quarry, leave us an enormous archaeological wealth and vestiges on the Rapa Nui culture.
Ana Hue NeruThe Caverns to whiten the YoungLas Cavernas para blanquear a Jóvenes As 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...
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...