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Source Image: PR938_02_19_18 of Easter Island Quarry

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Description

An unfinished statue in place in the quarry.

Monument
Easter Island Quarry 
Monument Type
Quarry 
Material(s)
Tuff (Visual identification)  
Date
circa ad 700 - circa ad 1400 
Keywords
Quarryface  
Collections
Easter Island  

Location

Current Location
Rana Rarako 

Evidence for working practices

1. Toolmarks

Process
Roughing-out
Tool
Point
Method
Angle: Steep (60-70°)
Force: Hard
Description
The statue was roughly shaped to its finished dimensions while still in situ in the quarry. The carvers worked from the front and top, until the piece was carved from the rock on three sides excluding the back which was still attached.

Notes

On the left hand side of the image there is a ledge of rock which if removed would have greatly helped the efficiency and access of the carved who was presumably working, because of the narrow conditions, underneath the edge of statue. This is from the Outer quarries.

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