Mapping prehistoric statue roads on Easter Island

Carl P. Lipo, Terry L. Hunt

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High resolution satellite photographs offer a new picture of the tracks along which the Easter Island giant statues were hauled from the central quarry to the exhibition sites. The survey traced 32 km of seven major roads, confirmed by features on the ground, where their current condition gives reasons for concern. The authors suggest that the radial pattern implies social division into small groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-168
Number of pages11
Issue number303
StatePublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Easter Island
  • Monumental statuary
  • Prehistoric roadways
  • Remote sensing
  • Satellite imagery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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