Team Leader: Dr. Charles M. Boswell, Ph.D.
Oceana Chair Emeritus of Anthropology,
Croaker College of Archaeology,
Watson University, Ojai, CA, USA
Dr. Lana Livingstone, Ph.D.
Manet de LaCourt
A small team of two professors and three archeology and anthropology students from Ojai, California, USA became interested in the nearly-forgotten island of Mata Nui, commonly referred to as the "Ghost Island of Oceana" (although it is not technically affiliated with the island nations that comprise Oceana). Much research on the Internet and through technical and trade documents revealed surprisingly little hard information about this uninhabited desert island, located several hundred miles SW of its better-known but smaller cousin island Rapa Nui ("Easter Island").
Mata Nui (the term is Polynesian and means "Big Eyes") has apparently suffered very few incursions from modern man. Published reports roughly described "large mask-like structures" carved into cliff faces, small pillars tumbled haphazardly, and ancient fossils that hint at an advanced culture. Also prominent in each of the rare descriptions were mentions of a black, obsidian-like rock material scattered throughout the island that were cold to the touch and instilled dread in those who handled the material.
The Ojai team, led by Dr. Boswell, successfully arranged a 45-day expedition to unravel the secrets of this puzzling island. The team left San Diego, CA on June 10, 2001 and spent 8 days traversing the thousands of miles to the South Pacific on the transport ship Roggeveen. A Land Rover, power generator and fuel, computers, surveying equipment, archaeological tools, several tents, two portable Quonset huts, food, water, and other supplies accompanied the team. A short stop at Rapa Nui's only town of Hanga Roa for topping off food and water, and interviewing some of the local people, followed by the brief journey to Mata Nui, were the only interruptions to a final landing on the northeastern shore of Mata Nui on June 20, 2001. Primary camp was established and the surveying began. Once the transport ship left, the team was effectively stranded for a month and a half, until the Roggeveen returned. A small satellite phone and a shortwave radio were the team's only outside contact.
Over the expedition's 45 days, the team's charter included:
During the expedition, the team made a number of remarkable discoveries:
The authors of this study cannot overstress the need to return as soon as possible with a larger, better-funded group. Expedition One merely scratched the surface of this well-kept mystery, and extensive studies in archaeology, geology, and anthropology are needed to understand the history and significance of this island's ancient history.
It is certain that the inhabitants were not native to this planet, and they had a basic structure that was mechanical. This alone is certainly enough to fuel controversy, but it appears these inhabitants also employed advanced technology to create intricate dwellings, dig immense tunnel and mining operations, and utilize various forms of biothermic energy.
The humans of this planet can learn a great deal by detailed study of the fossil remains of Mata Nui, if further expeditions are approved. It is further recommended that the team be led by Drs. Boswell and Livingstone, as they have the greatest amount of first-hand experience with the island and its mysteries.