The Statues That Walked

The Statues That Walked

Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island

Book - 2011
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The monumental statues of Easter Island, gazing out in their imposing rows over the island's barren landscape, have been a great mystery ever since the island was first discovered by Europeans. How could the ancient people who inhabited this tiny speck of land, the most remote in the vast expanse of the Pacific, have built such monumental works, and moved them from the quarry where they were carved to the coast? And if the island once boasted a culture sophisticated enough to have produced such marvelous edifices, what happened to that culture? The prevailing accounts of the island's history tell a story of self-inflicted devastation: a glaring case of eco-suicide. But when Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo began carrying out archaeological studies on the island in 2001, they uncovered a very different truth: they show that the Easter Islanders were remarkably inventive environmental stewards, rich with lessons for confronting the daunting environmental challenges of our own time.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2011.
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781439150320
143915032X
9781439150313
1439150311
Branch Call Number: 996.18/HUNT
Characteristics: ix, 237 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lipo, Carl P.

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stewstealth
Jun 21, 2016

A plausible look at Easter Island's culture, environment and decline. A more researched and less biased look then Collapse. Worth reading if you are interested.

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