AIA Site Preservation Projects

Easter Island, Chile

The Easter Island Statue Project will develop stone preservation techniques to arrest the rapid deterioration of the monolithic sculptures (moai) of Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile, as a result of climate change, tourism, and the fragile nature of their volcanic stone. The Easter Island Statue Project is directed by UCLA archaeologist Jo Anne Van Tilburg and co-directed by Cristián Arévalo Pakarati.

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