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Abstract

One of the most isolated islands in the world is Rapa Nui in the south Pacific. It is famous for its gigantic moai (statues) and for that reason it attracts many visitors each year. These statues, however, are not the only archaeological treasures. The island also boasts numerous caves, stone structures, and artifacts. Above all, there are thousands of rock carvings (petroglyphs) plus some rock paintings. Most people, however, are unaware of the existence of the petroglyphic wealth on this small island. Only occasionally are they noticed when in good condition and conveniently close to the megalithic remains on the island, such as the "birdman" at 'Orongo or the turtles at Tongariki on the south coast.

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