Ponder Polynesia at archaeology talk
Staff Report~ 5/7/2014
The Desert Foothills Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society invites the public to attend its last meeting of the season, which will feature one of the most remote islands in the world: Easter Island.
The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. May 14 at The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church in Cave Creek.
Leading the evening’s presentation on Easter Island will be Britton Shepardson, the author of “Moai: a New Look at Old Faces.” Shepardson is an archaeologist and lecturer at Northern Arizona University. Over the past 14 years, his research has applied quantitative analysis and non-invasive methods to address a number of research topics on Easter Island and other Polynesian islands.
Shepardson is also the founder and director of Terevaka.net Archaeological Outreach, an international volunteer program dedicated to educating and empowering local youths on Easter Island.
Easter Island, located 2,182 miles off the cost of central Chile, is known for its large statues, which are called moai and were created by the Rapa Nui people. The cataloged number of moai on the island or in museums is 887. UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage site in 1995.
More info is available online at azarchsoc.org/desertfoothills.