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Diet of the ancient people of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) shows adaptation and resilience not 'ecocide'

It had been proposed that vast forests of giant palm trees were cut down by the people of Rapa Nui leaving them among other things without canoes.
With no canoes, they could no longer fish so they ate chickens, rats and agricultural crops.
However, Rapa Nui is not a tropical paradise with fertile soils so crop productivity decreased.
This 'ecocide' hypothesis attributes societal collapse on Rapa Nui to human overexploitation of natural resources.

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Archaeologists shine new light on Easter Island statue

A team of archaeologists from the University of Southampton have used the latest in digital imaging technology to record and analyse carvings on the Easter Island statue Hoa Hakananai'a.
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Over the past year myself, Hembo Pagi and Graeme Earl from the ACRG have been working with Mike Pitts, editor of the British Archaeology Journal, on the Hoa Hakananai'a statue at the British Museum. The work included the production of a virtual model, through photogrammetry and a series of Reflectance Transformation Images to study the petroglyphs found on the statue.
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Bodies found under ancient Easter Island statues

Archaeologists have discovered that the famous Pacific isle statues have bodies buried beneath them.
Two of the six-ton giants have been excavated in a bid to probe their history.

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BBC documentary written and presented by David Attenborough. It explores the history of the civilization of the remote Easter islands. It was first transmitted in 2000 and is part of the Attenborough in Paradise and Other Personal Voyages collection of seven documentaries.

Ed ~ On this day in 1722, the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovered Easter Island. 



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They called it the Navel of the World, and for its inhabitants, Easter Island was the only inhabited scrap of land on an ocean planet.
Over 880 statues called moai (pronounced 'mo eye') can be found on this isolated island, located 2,300 miles from the coast of Chile.
Although the vast majority of the Moai are located on the beaches and face inland, the seven moai at Ahu Akivi were built around 1460 C.E. and face the point at which the sun sets during the equinox. Each measures 14 feet tall and weighs 12 tons. It was restored in 1960 by archaeologists William Mulloy and Gonzalo Figueroa.

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The Moai face sunset during Spring and Autumn Equinox; and have their backs to the sunrise during Spring and Autumn Equinox.
Unlike other ahus, the Akivi-Vaiteka Complex is not located on the coast. In contrast to the monumental statuary at other sites on the island, the moai at Ahu Akivi face the ocean.

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The first-recorded European contact with Easter Island was on April 5 (Easter Sunday), 1722, when Dutch navigator Jacob Roggeveen visited the island for a week and estimated a population of 2,000 to 3,000 inhabitants.
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A lonely beauty mark in an unblemished expanse of the Pacific Ocean, Easter Island was first settled hundreds of years ago by Polynesian people travelling in canoes loaded with water stored in gourds and livestock for the weeks-long expedition. These days, air travel to one of the most isolated inhabited places in the world has cut down the length of time needed to make that trip -- although still not as much as travellers might like.
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Archaeologists have disproved the fifty-year-old theory underpinning our understanding of how the famous stone statues were moved around Easter Island.
Fieldwork led by researchers at University College London and The University of Manchester, has shown the remote Pacific island's ancient road system was primarily ceremonial and not solely built for transportation of the figures.
A complex network of roads up to 800-years-old crisscross the Island between the hat and statue quarries and the coastal areas.

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