368 pages, 48 plates with 118+ colour photos; 7 b/w illustrations, colour photos, 315 b/w maps
Language: Bilingual in English and Spanish
This monograph on the caves of Easter Island is based on the field research of a Polish team of speleologists, archaeologists and anthropologists conducted between 2001 and 2008. During this time, an inventory was made of 315 volcanic caves, all included in this book along with a plan and a description of each of them.
The Caves of Easter Island also includes general information on the island, cave genesis and the role of the caves in the history and culture of the people. The geology of Easter Island is also considered along with chapters on the large and small archaeological objects found there.
Chapter 1 The caves of Easter Island now and before
1 Geographic and biological background
2 Sociology and culture
3 Caves in legends and ceremonies
4 Names of the caves
5 Caves in the reports of travellers and discoverers
6 The most popular caves
7 Archaeology in the caves
8 Kinds of cave uses
9 The caves of Motu-nui
10 Underground treasures of rapanui is waiting for a rescue
11 Speleological expeditions
12 History and course of the Polish research
Chapter 2 Geology of the Easter Island
Chapter 3 Polish Exploration
Chapter 4 Archaeological objects in the caves of Easter Island
Chapter 5 Cave plans with descriptions
Chapter 6 The caves of Easter Island - bibliography
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