looking north over the hilly landscape
a view of the actual quarry
looking to the western coastline
is one of Rapa Nui's many volcanos and was the main quarry for the pukao, the red circular stone that represented
the headdress on top of the moai statues. The red volcanic rock, called scoria
, is very soft and hence the carving is relatively
easy. Due to its high iron contents and size a pukao can easily influence the compass reading.
Puna Pau is located
just northeast of Hanga Roa and from the top you have a nice view over Rapa Nui's only village.
Pukaos seem to have
been a relatively recent addition to the moais since only 10% of the giants owned one.
Being circular, it is assumed
the pukaos were simple rolled to their final destination and there put on top of the host moai.
Several finished pukaos still
lay around waiting for transport. That probably will not happen soon.
finished pukaos waiting for transport
looking southwest towards Hanga Roa