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Monuments: Easter Island Quarry

Most of the famous moai or monolithic sculptures found on Easter Island (Rapa Nui) were carved in hard volcanic tuff quarried around the edge of and inside the crater of Rano Raraku. Nearly 400 moai remain in the quarries and these allow the stage of production of these statues to be reconstructed. More

Charola, A. E. (1997). Death of a Moai: Easter Island statues: their nature, deterioration and conservation (Easter Island Foundation occasional paper 4). Los Osos CA.

Mulloy, W. (1970). ‘A speculative reconstruction of techniques of carving transporting and erecting Easter Island statues’, Archaeology and physical anthropology in Oceania 5.1: 1–23

Van Tilburg, J. A. (1994). Easter Island: archaeology, ecology and culture. London.

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Type
Quarry
Material
Tuff (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 700 - circa ad 1400 

Location

Current
Rana Rarako 

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