Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A geo-spatial database of the monumental statuary (moaj) of Easter Island, Chile
by Schumacher, Zoe, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 163; 1527489
Abstract (Summary)

Moai are the iconic statuary of Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui or Isle De Pascua. These imposing figures are in danger from a number of environmental and cultural factors. Over the centuries, erosion has dissolved some of these rugged forms into unrecognizable lumps of rock. Despite 126 years of organized mapping efforts there is still no standardized and openly accessible archaeological database available for the professional researcher or for the public. This thesis documents the production of a viable comprehensive database of the moai on Easter Island. Two independent GPS surveys that were started in 2005 were integrated into a standardized spatial database using geographic information systems (GIS). The resulting moai database contains the location of 962 separate moai features with over 130 fields of qualitative and quantitative attribute information for each feature. Because each feature is spatially referenced, the moai database can be analyzed using GIS mapping software, with the added ability to conduct spatial queries, and spatial analyses.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wechsler, Suzanne
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology, Geography
Keywords: Geographic information systems, Isle De Pascua, Rapa Nui
Publication Number: 1527489
ISBN: 978-1-303-77382-2
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