Quarried Away: Thinking about Landscapes of Megalithic Construction on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

Authored by: Sue Hamilton , Susana Nahoe Arellano , Colin Richards , Francisco Torres H.

Handbook of Landscape Archaeology

Print publication date:  December  2008
Online publication date:  June  2016

Print ISBN: 9781598742947
eBook ISBN: 9781315427737
Adobe ISBN: 9781315427720


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Monuments have featured strongly within “interpretative” approaches to landscape archaeology (e.g., Richards 1996; Thomas 1992; Tilley 1994, 2004). Within these studies, the “monument” is assumed to be architecturally unproblematic and is experienced as a completed entity. In this chapter, we approach landscapes as contexts of construction, whereby the monument is constantly enmeshed within an ongoing process of alteration and transformation.

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