But this time was different for Mr. Huke. The crumbling site was where generations of his own ancestors had been buried.
“Those bones were related to my family,” said Mr. Huke, an architect, recalling that day last year.
Centuries ago, Easter Island’s civilization collapsed, but the statues left behind here are a reminder of how powerful it must have been. And now, many of the remains of that civilization may be erased, the United Nations warns, by the rising sea levels rapidly eroding Easter Island’s coasts.