By ked coan, frontiers science writer hundreds of iconic moai statues stand testament to the vibrant civilization that once inhabited easter island, but there are far fewer clues about why this civilization mysteriously vanished did they shortsightedly exhaust the island's resources were. What really happened to the native polynesians who once lived on easter island. Nearly 900 moai stand silent watch on easter island (rapa nui), yet because of a lack of a written or oral history from the native islanders, we have no clear idea why they exist even worse, we don't know happened to the people who erected them now, a team of researchers from spain think. Lots of theories exist about the inhabitants of easter island, but new research says european colonizers might be to blame scientists are using lasers to un. Easter island history timeline 700 - 1700s (700-1000) rapanui, native polynesians from the marquesas islands, settled on the island (1000-1450) the moai statues were carved and erected, and they were still standing when jacob roggeveen visited the island in 1722. Most scholars agree the first easter islanders were polynesian, but how to explain the sweet potato and inca-like walls the fate of easter island should what happened on one small island in the south pacific serve as a cautionary tale for the world as a whole.
Many of easter island's moai had red stone crowns pukau - placed on their or had something else happened once completed, the statues were then moved from the quarry to their intended site and erected on an 'ahu' pukau bradshaw foundation homepage about the foundation contact us facebook. New evidence: easter island civilization was not destroyed by war researchers debunk a longstanding myth using elliptical fourier analysis on ancient tools one of archaeology's greatest mysteries is what happened to the rapa nui of easter island. Did an environmental mistake cause people to desert easter island subscribe: about national geographic: national geographic. On a winter night last june, jos antonio tuki, a 30-year-old artist on easter island, did one of the things he loves best: he left his one-room home on the southwest coast and hiked north across the island to anakena beach legend has it the earliest polynesian settlers hauled their canoes ashore. A new study is wading into the hot debate over exactly why easter island's indigenous people declined and already news sources are interpreting it differently the international team of researchers world news summaries | newser.
What happened on easter island a new (even scarier) scenario robert krulwich, december 10, 2013, npr we all know the story, or think we do. When the first europeans landed on rapa nui, which they renamed easter island, they were puzzled by what happened there only a few thousand people lived there but there were signs of a massive civilization that once flourished what happened there. Easter island: easter island within a single generation the easter islanders successfully responded to a complete acculturation to continental standards without losing their pride in their own ancestors and their skills and what happened to acid rain spotlight / technology ada. Easter island, a lesson for us all if this is true, it means that the collapse of the ecosystems of easter island happened in only 400 years the lesson for the world is still stronger walking statues. Environmental science case study - easter island what happened on easter island easter island was settled by polynesians between ad 800 and 1200 some facts indicate that the island might have had human inhabitants as early at ad 400.
Hundreds of iconic moai statues stand testament to the vibrant civilization that once inhabited easter island, but there are far fewer clues about why this civilization mysteriously vanished did they shortsightedly exhaust the island's resources were they decimated by european illnesses and. A cautionary tale for mankind this is easter island and geological tests to understand what happened to the ecosystem while various theories abound, easter island is hailed as one of the most haunting cases of environmental collapse ever seen. I suspect, though, that the disaster happened not with a bang but with a whimper any islander who tried to warn about the dangers of progressive deforestation would have been overridden by vested interests of carvers the lessons of easter island. Easter island s inhabitants may not have destroyed their own island instead, perhaps the europeans were responsible.
Whatever happened on easter island, it wasn't good polynesians landed there, farmed, thrived, built their famous statues, and then things went very bad, very fast sixteen million trees vanished what happened was this a case of ecological collapse not exactly, say two anthropologists. Did easter island's inhabitants degrade their ecosystem to the point that the island could no longer support them or is there more to the story.