In the middle of the Great Ocean, in a region where no one ever passes, there is a mysterious and isolated island; there is no land in the vicinity and, for more than eight hundred leagues in all directions, empty and moving vastness surrounds it. It is planted with tall, monstrous statues, the work of some now-vanished race, and its past remains an enigma (Pierre Loti, ‘L'lle de Paques’, 1872)
Keywords: Rapa Nui Easter Island Polynesia Archaeology Chile
Location grid reference: 109°26'W 27°09'S
World Heritage List Inclusion date: 1996
Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is a 180 km2 Pacific island, the most distant point in the world from other dry land. At the time ...