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Rapa Nui Landscapes of Construction


Sue Hamilton

UCL Institute of Archaeology, GB
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Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is the most remote inhabited spot in the world. It is famous for its gigantic stone statues, which have been the focus of much archaeological study. The new Rapa Nui Landscapes of Construction Project, described in this article, adopts a more holistic approach, aiming to place the statues and associated monumental structures in the context of the wider landscape of settlement and cultivation. It also concentrates on the processes of construction as much as the final products, with an emphasis on quarries and other places of construction, approached through multiple methods of field exploration.

How to Cite: Hamilton, S., (2007). Rapa Nui Landscapes of Construction. Archaeology International. 10, pp.49–53. DOI:
Published on 01 Sep 2007.
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