Museo Antropologico P. Sebastian Englert de Isla de Pascua
This link takes you to the P. Sebastian Englert Museum of Anthropology, in the town of Hanga Roa, Rapa Nui. The excellent facilities and extensive collections housed in the museum make it one of our primary resources when conducting our field investigations. Web page in Spanish and English.
Easter Island Foundation and Pacific Institute
"The EIF Island Heritage site provides extensive and detailed information about contemporary, historic, and prehistoric Easter Island, a island which sits in the far Southwest corner of the Polynesian triangle and made famous by its giant stone heads and a hundred other mysteries."
Voyaging and isolation in Rapa Nui prehistory
Ben Finney, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, University of Hawai'i, Manoa (USA)
Rapanui (Easter Island)
Grant McCall, Ph.D., Centre for South Pacific Studies, The University of New South Wales, (Australia)
Easter Island's End
Jared Diamond, reprinted from Discover Magazine (August 1995)
THOR HEYERDAHL EXPEDITIONS and ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE PACIFIC PEOPLES
Thor Heyerdahl is a world-renowned explorer and archaeologist. He was born in 1914, in Larvik, Norway. From his earliest days, he was an enthusiatic nature lover, and he was inspired by his mother (who was head of the local museum) to take an interest in zoology and nature. While still in primary school, he ran a one-room zoological museum from his home. Mr. Heyerdahl later enrolled at the University of Oslo, where he specialized in zoology and geography until leaving on his first expedition to Polynesia in 1937-1938.
The Moai Restoration Project
Website documenting Japanese efforts to reconstruct archaeological sites on Easter Island.
Easter Island Hieroglyphics
Various theories about the nature and meaning of rongorongo, Easter Island's mysterious hieroglyphics.
NOVA Online | Secrets of Easter Island
"This is the story of a team of archaeologists and a 75-person crew who sought to unravel a central mystery of Easter Island: how hundreds of giant stone statues that dominate the island's coast were moved and erected. For one month, the team struggled to raise a 10-ton moai, using only the tools and materials available to the ancient Easter Islanders."
Easter Island Home Page
"Easter Island has long been the subject of curiosity and speculation. How and why did its inhabitants carve and transport the massive statues which surround the island? What remains of this culture today, and what lessons can we learn from their legacy? This page is a resource for information on the Internet about Easter Island, also known as "Rapa Nui" and "Isla de Pascua".
"It is one of the most isolated islands in the world but 1200 years ago a double-hulled canoe filled with seafarers from a distant culture landed upon its shores. Over the centuries that followed a remarkable society developed in isolation on the island. For reasons still unknown they began carving giant statues out of volcanic rock. These monuments, known, as "moai" are some of the most incredible ancient relics ever discovered. The people of Easter Island called themselves the Rapa Nui. Where did they come from and why did they disappear? Science has learned much about the enigma of Easter Island and has put to rest some of the more bizarre theories, but questions and controversies remain. Explore this site to get the latest information on the island's history and current research."
MassLive News - Easter Island boat voyage gives weight to theory
News story about an adventurer who sails a reed canoe from South America to Easter Island
CNN - Easter Island copes with world heritage designation - Oct. 16, 1996
Article about modern problems of development, land use, and protection of archaeological properties.
Easter Island History and Culture
About.com website with various links to non-specialist pages about Easter Island.