Day 4 Water management on Easter Island

Today the DAI’s projects reach far beyond Europe and classical antiquity – as far afield as the Pacific Ocean.

Colossal tuff figures of the Rapa Nui culture (Photo: B. Vogt, DAI KAAK)

Easter Island lies totally isolated in the South Pacific, a good 3,800 kilometres from the South American coast. Around 1,000 AD the thus far untouched island was settled by the Rapa Nui, a Polynesian people. Within a very short time they over-exploited the island’s natural resources. Since 2007 the Bonn-based commission of the DAI has joined in the investigation of the Rapa Nui culture, the remains of which are today UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. A main focus of its research is how the islanders used water, a scarce resource. Recently a water and fertility sanctuary was discovered.

Learn more about the project: