Spatial Analysis of Prehistoric Garden Features on Rapa Nui (Easter Island, Chile)


Manavai are circular walled stone gardens used for cultivation by the prehistoric populations of Rapa Nui (Easter Island, Chile). Though not fully mapped, over 1000 manavai are known across the island in a distribution that reflects dispersed settlement patterns. Object-based image analysis of newly available high-resolution imagery of the island offers a mean of systematically identifying manavai features. Using the results of these analyses, we examine the spatial patterns of manavai and their association with topography and other environmental resources to test hypotheses about the role that these gardens played in past communities.

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Spatial Analysis of Prehistoric Garden Features on Rapa Nui (Easter Island, Chile). Isabela Kott, Carl P. Lipo, Christopher Lee, Terry L. Hunt. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397990)

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min long: -93.691; min lat: -56.945 ; max long: -31.113; max lat: 18.48 ;