The archaeological record of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) has long captivated the public and archaeologists alike. The monumental statues ( moai ) are the most famous of the archaeological features of the island. Other aspects of the record, however, include platforms fahuj, statue (moai), transport roads, and a wide range of architectural features. Although large portions of the island have been surveyed as part of government-funded projects to document the archaeological record, there is yet no single publicly available and published source providing data on the composition and distribution of moai, ahu, or the many other architectural/artifact classes of the island. Here, we describe a project to build a publicly accessible archaeological database. Using the freely available Google Earth mapping service, which provides high-resolution color images of the earth's surface, photographs, and data generated from recent surveys, we show how researchers can contribute to this database making the archaeological record freely available to everyone with an interest in the archaeology of Easter Island.
ASJC Scopus subject areas