GLOSSARY OF TERMS


A

AHU

Stone platforms; of the 313 known ahu, 125 carried stone moai


H

HANGA NUI BAY

Bay on the east-southeastern coast of Rapa Nui. Ahu Tongariki, the largest ahu on the island, is located nearby. Spelled "Hanganui" on original photo captioning.


M

MOAI

Pronounced /ˈmoʊ.аɪ/ are monolithic human figures carved from rock on the Polynesian island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) between 1250 and 1500 CE.


O

ORITO

Also known as Maunga Orito, an obsidian quarry.


ORONGO VILLAGE

A stone village and ceremonial center at the southwestern tip of Rapa Nui (Easter Island).


P

PUNA PAU

A red scoria (volcanic rock) quarry


R

RANO KAU

A 324 m (1,063 ft) tall extinct volcano that forms the southwestern headland of Rapanui (Easter Island).


RANO RARAKU

A volcanic crater located on the lower slopes of Terevaka in the Rapa Nui National Park. Location where moai were carved.


W

WILLIAMSON-BALFOUR COMPANY

A Scottish owned Chilean company which ran Easter Island as a sheep farm, sheep farming operations ceased in 1966