Professor Jo Anne Van Tilburg
The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
University of California – Los Angeles
Professor Van Tilburg is an American archaeologist best known for her research on the statues of Easter Island (Rapa Nui). She has conducted seasonal fieldwork in the Pacific since 1982, including in the Republic of Belau and on Easter Island. She has conducted extensive archival and museum studies throughout the world and, since 1995, has researched the life of Edwardian archaeologist Katherine Routledge, the first woman (in company with her husband and fellow anthropologist William Scoresby Routledge), to conduct field work on Easter Island and in the Pacific. In 1998 she completed an experimental archaeology project to make and move a replica statue on Easter Island. A documentary film and web site were produced for Nova by WGBH Boston describing her extraordinary work.