Comprehensive rock art documentation projects in Easter Island, the Marquesas and the Hawaiian Islands have resulted in an extensive Polynesian rock art data base. A study of motif distribution, as revealed in these projects contributes toward a better understanding of certain features of Polynesian culture. For example. internal spatial distribution patterns on Rapa Nui suggest an association with ancient clan boundaries, and inter-island comparisons provide insight into prehistoric migration routes.
"Petroglyph Motif Distribution in East Polynesia,"
Rapa Nui Journal: Journal of the Easter Island Foundation: Vol. 11
, Article 2.
Available at: https://kahualike.manoa.hawaii.edu/rnj/vol11/iss1/2