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Ahu Vinapu

Ahu Vinapú
Ahu Vinapú
A part of Ahu Vinapu, showing the precision of the stonemasonry

Ahu Vinapu is an archaeological site on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) in Eastern Polynesia.

The ceremonial center of Vinapu includes one of the larger ahu on Rapa Nui. The ahu exhibits extraordinary stonemasonry consisting of large, carefully fitted slabs of basalt. The American archaeologist, William Mulloy investigated the site in 1958.

Heyerdahl believed that the accurately fitted stonework showed contact with Peru, but both Vinapu I and Vinapu II were constructed earlier than 1440 and similar work only shows up in Peru after 1440.[1]

The stone wall faces towards sunrise at Winter Solstice.

Vinapu is part of the Rapa Nui National Park, which UNESCO has declared a World Heritage Site.


  1. ^
  • Mulloy, W.T. 1959. The Ceremonial Center of Vinapu. Actas del XXXIII Congreso Internacional de Americanistas. San José, Costa Rica.
  • Norwegian Archaeological Expedition to Easter Island and the East Pacific, T. Heyerdahl, E.N. Ferdon, W.T. Mulloy, A. Skjølsvold, C.S. Smith. 1961. Archaeology of Easter Island. Stockholm; Santa Fe, N.M.: Forum Pub. House; distributed by The School of American Research.

External links

  • William Mulloy Library
  • Father Sebastian Englert Anthropology Museum
  • Easter Island Foundation
  • Rapa Nui Fact Sheet with Photographs
  • Nova: The Secrets of Easter Island

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