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EBOOK Â EPUB The Statues that Walked ì 9781619020207 ☆ REFLECTIONSLISBURNLTD ¼ The monumental statues of Easter Island so magisterial and so forlorn gazing out in their imposing rows over the island’s barren landscape have been the source of great mystery ever since first discoWhy was the island the Europeans encountered a sparsely populated wasteland?The prevailing accounts of the island’s history tell a story of self inflicted devastation a glaring case of eco suicide The island was dominated by a powerful chiefdom that promulgated a cult of statue making exercising a ruthless hold on the island’s people and rapaciously destroying the environment cutting down a lush palm forest that once blanketed the island in order to construct contraptions for moving and statues which grew larger and larger As the population swelled in order to sustain the statue cult growing well beyond the island’s agricultural capacity a vicious cycle of warfare broke out between opposing groups and the culture ultimately suffered a dramatic collapseIn this lively and fascinating account Hunt and Lipo Good place to start if you've not read a book about Easter Island Better current research than earlier tomes contain 32819 Santiago AFP Norway agreed Thursday to hand back thousands of artefacts removed from Easter Island by the explorer Thor Heyerdahl during his trans Pacific raft expeditions in the 1950sAn agreement was signed by representatives of Oslo's Kon Tiki Museum and officials of Chile's culture ministry at a ceremony in Santiago as part of a state visit by Norway's King Harald V and ueen SonjaLink to Heyerdahl's Easter Island book Aku Aku

EPUB º The Statues that Walked · Terry L. Hunt

The monumental statues of Easter Island so magisterial and so forlorn gazing out in their imposing rows over the island’s barren landscape have been the source of great mystery ever since first discovered by Europeans on Easter Sunday 1722 How could the ancient people who inhabited this tiny speck of land the most remote in the vast expanse of the Pacific islands have built such monumental works? No such astonishing numbers of massive statues are found anywhere else in the Pacific How could the islanders possibly have moved so many multi ton monoliths from the uarry inland where they were carved to their posts along the coastline? And most intriguing and vexing of all if the island once boasted a culture developed and sophisticated enough to have produced such marvelous edifices what happened to that culture? I became interested in Easter Island and the South Pacific many years ago after reading Kon Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl In fact it is a book I pull out and read every five years or so since about 1950 Easter Island is a small island in the Pacific Ocean approximately 1500 miles from any neighbor The Island is called Rapa Nui by its inhabitants It is famous for its 900 enormous stone statues called Moai which dot the landscapeThe authors are two archaeologist Terry Hunt from the University of Hawaii and Carl Lipo from California State University Long Beach They have lived on the Island for many years bringing graduate students to work on scientific exploration and archaeological digs They describe the first colonists to the island in 1200 AD of 30 to 100 Polynesians The climate of the island wasn’t conducive to their growth Rats that came to the island with the colonists decimated the large palm trees The authors claim it was the rats rather than over use of the land that led to the devastation of the land They claim the building of the statues helped maintain social networks that allowed a small closely related population to stay alive and work cohesively They found that the large statues protected the soil from erosion and regulated the temperature changes over the day and night In addition the cracked surfaces of the stone on open ground added essential mineral nutrients to the ground They also build small walled gardens called manavai that protected crops from the wind They also present their hypothesis of how the statues were moved to their final location The visits by Europeans brought disease violence and slavery to the IslandThe book is well written and researched The authors present a different hypothesis to the environmental conditions of the island Unlike prior authors they have conducted extensive long term scientific exploration and analysis to the mysteries of the island I found the book most interesting and it was easy for the lay person to read Joe Barrett does an excellent job narrating the book Barrett is a theatre actor and award winning audiobook narrator

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The Statues that Walked Offer a definitive solution to the mystery of what really happened on the island Far from irresponsible environmental destroyers they show the Easter Islanders were remarkably inventive environmental stewards devising ingenious methods to enhance the island’s agricultural capacity They did not devastate the palm forest and the culture did not descend into brutal violence Perhaps most surprising of all the making and moving of their enormous statutes did not reuire a bloated population or tax their precious resources; their statue building was actually integral to their ability to achieve a delicate balance of sustainability The Easter Islanders it turns out offer us an impressive record of masterful environmental management rich with lessons for confronting the daunting environmental challenges of our own tim I'm going to Easter Island next month in large part because of the description of the history in Jared Diamond's book Collapse This book just told me that Jared Diamond was in large measure wrong The story of the islanders the destruction of their forest and the carving and erecting of the Moia told in this book makes the island that much of a draw for me It is amazing the detective work that was done to try to recreate the history of Easter Island A must read for anyone interested in Pacific history