The Pukao of Rapa Nui (Easter Island, Chile)
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Easter Island, Rapa Nui, Moai, Pukao
Structure from motion (SfM) mapping is a photogrammetric technique that offers a cost-effective means of creating three-dimensional visual representations from overlapping digital photographs. The technique has seen increasing uses for documenting the archaeological record. We demonstrate the utility of SfM through a study of the form of red scoria bodies known as pukao from Rapa Nui (Easter Island, Chile). We study 50 pukao that once adorned the massive statues (moai) of Rapa Nui, and compare them to 13 additional pukao located in Puna Pau: the island’s red scoria pukao quarry. Through SfM, we demonstrate that the majority of these bodies have petroglyphs and other surface features that are relevant to archaeological explanation and are currently at risk of continued degradation.
Lipo, Carl P.; Hixon, Sean W.; Hunt, Terry L.; and Lee, Christopher, "The Pukao of Rapa Nui (Easter Island, Chile)" (2017). Anthropology Faculty Scholarship. 31.
A - Vinapu.zip (896343 kB)
B - Hanga Poukura.zip (468813 kB)
D - Vaihu.zip (1034400 kB)
C- Tarakiu.zip (141888 kB)
E - Ura Uranga te Mahina.zip (450605 kB)
F - Akahanga.zip (718156 kB)
G - Tu'u Tahi.zip (76060 kB)
H - One Makihi.zip (153414 kB)
I - Tongariki.zip (1239893 kB)
J - Hekii.zip (753274 kB)
K - Anakena.zip (244342 kB)
L - Te Pito Kura.zip (171010 kB)
M - Puna Pau.zip (2155060 kB)
Tahai - Replica.zip (41148 kB)
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