Easter Island Statue Project

If you were curious as to archaeological news for the Easter Island statues of the island of Rapa Nui, then here’s a website you should keep up on:

http://www.eisp.org/

The group is currently working on the excavation of this one particular statue: RR-001-156:

EISP is the longest collaborative and evolving artifact inventory ever conducted within the context of the Easter Island archaeological survey. Our primary goals are scientific. Our basic purpose is to shed light on the complexities of prehistory, and to integrate the moai into the unfolding time line of Rapa Nui prehistory. We aim to locate, describe, and understand the original context and use of all statues, including those in museums. Context and use, it is hoped, will reveal meaning. Our methods include archaeological survey, artifact description, research into the meaning of symbols, and cultural history interpretation.

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