Ahu Vinapu


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

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

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, especially in comparison to the stone wall at sacsayhuaman. 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.


  • 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 linksEdit

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

Coordinates: 27°10′35″S 109°24′23″W / 27.176383°S 109.406356°W / -27.176383; -109.406356