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New study challenges theories on Easter Island collapse
KITV ^ | 10 Dec 2013 | KITV

Posted on 12/12/2013 11:08:52 AM PST by Theoria

Bishop Museum's Dr. Mulrooney conducted 6-year study on Rapa Nui

Bishop Museum's assistant anthropologist, Dr. Mara Mulrooney, conducted a six-year study on Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, about the island's theoretical civilization collapse.

Results from her groundbreaking doctoral dissertation entitled "Continuity or Collapse? Diachronic Settlement and Land Use in Hanga Ho'onu, Rapa Nui (Easter Island)" are outlined in an article published in the December issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science. This new evidence debunks previous theories that the islanders "self-destructed" before Europeans first visited in 1722.

As popularized in Jared Diamond's 2005 book Collapse, Rapa Nui is often viewed as a prime example of what happens when people lose sight of what they are doing to their environment. According to the popular narrative, the Rapa Nui people committed "environmental suicide" by deforesting their island home. But, new evidence collected by Dr. Mulrooney and colleagues is challenging that story.

"The new picture that emerges from these results is really one of sustainability and continuity rather than collapse, which sheds new light on what we can really learn from Rapa Nui," said Mulrooney. "Based on these new findings, perhaps Rapa Nui should be the poster-child of how human ingenuity can result in success, rather than failure."

Dr. Mulrooney analyzed over 300 radiocarbon dates from across the island, including 15 dates from new excavations in the northern area of the island. These new findings, along with the re-analysis of previously collected dates, showed that large tracts of Rapa Nui's interior continued to be used for agricultural production of foods like sweet potatoes and taro, even after European contact with the island. This directly challenges the previous belief that these areas were abandoned as the island chiefdom supposedly collapsed.

These results, together with recent results from Dr. Mulrooney’s colleagues Thegn Ladefoged, Ph.D. (University of Auckland), Christopher Stevenson, Ph.D. (Virginia Commonwealth University), and Sonia Haoa (an archaeologist from Rapa Nui), who have been analyzing the ancient gardens of the island, suggest that the Rapa Nui people managed to transform their island home into a more productive and sustainable environment. These new findings suggest that it was not until the fatal impacts of European contact in the 18th century that Rapa Nui society experienced a real societal collapse due to introduced diseases.


TOPICS: History; Society
KEYWORDS: easterisland; godsgravesglyphs; jareddiamond; maramulrooney; moai; polynesia; rapanui; thorheyerdahl
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1 posted on 12/12/2013 11:08:53 AM PST by Theoria
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To: SunkenCiv

disease..whitey fault..ping


2 posted on 12/12/2013 11:09:25 AM PST by Theoria (Obama lied. My health care died.)
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To: Theoria

Lemme guess....the decline began when they decided that Income Inequality was a serous problem and they took steps to address it?


3 posted on 12/12/2013 11:12:23 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Nah...it was the complete lack of a gluten free diet that did them all in..


4 posted on 12/12/2013 11:13:11 AM PST by ken5050 (I still miss Howlin)
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To: Toddsterpatriot; Mase; expat_panama; 1010RD; SAJ

My guess would be easy monetary policy leading into Y2K, leading to an asset bubble, leading to a mortgage/financial crisis, leading to TARP1, TARP2, and TARP3, leading to quantitative easing . . . .


5 posted on 12/12/2013 11:14:33 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Hah..kinda...some studies suggest that the ruling elite ate fish and more seafood..


6 posted on 12/12/2013 11:15:14 AM PST by Theoria (Obama lied. My health care died.)
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To: Theoria

7 posted on 12/12/2013 11:25:34 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: Theoria

The Easter Island Spring did it.
After that no more tourists came
but the Russians gave them aid, weapons
and got rid of the pirates
in exchange for toppling over a couple of giant heads
just for fun.


8 posted on 12/12/2013 11:37:36 AM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: Theoria
This is a good example of how self-appointed experts seldom get it right. Jared Diamond is a specialist in, the tissues of the gall bladder. Like many home-made environmentalists, he offered a tendentious and largely unvalidated theory capitalizing on pop pseudo-intellectual trends like "sustainability."

The hard grunt work of real investigators offers a scenario that makes so much more sense.

9 posted on 12/12/2013 11:40:37 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Theoria
No more then the black death was Asian fault.

People carry disease. When they come in contact with new groups of people there is a disease exchange. Sometimes the exchange is more or less equal. Sometimes not.

10 posted on 12/12/2013 11:42:18 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: Obadiah

Agree the mothership with all its rock moving drones took them away after pulling off one of the biggest practical jokes of all time. May we be half as lucky.


11 posted on 12/12/2013 11:44:38 AM PST by mcshot ("What's right is right" and we're being sunk by wrong .)
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To: Theoria
large tracts of Rapa Nui's interior continued to be used for agricultural production of foods like sweet potatoes and taro, even after European contact with the island.

Does the carbon dating also tell them the ethnicity of the people who planted these gardens? How do they know it wasn't the evil white people who planted crops after landing on an uninhabited island?

12 posted on 12/12/2013 11:47:57 AM PST by PistolPaknMama
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To: Theoria

Why this useless research? Everyone knows, it was the White man’s fault. No need to pay universities for the obvious conclusions they always reach in their findings.


13 posted on 12/12/2013 11:50:42 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Theoria

You just knew that somehow it would be the White Man’s fault.


14 posted on 12/12/2013 11:54:38 AM PST by IronJack
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To: Theoria

How did they walk around with those giant heads?


15 posted on 12/12/2013 11:59:41 AM PST by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: Theoria

theories on Easter Island collapse

Word has it they just launched their healthcare exchange.


16 posted on 12/12/2013 12:00:48 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Obadiah
Ancient Aliens is one of my 11YO son's favorite shows.

He also digs Beyond Scared Straight.

17 posted on 12/12/2013 12:01:27 PM PST by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: Theoria

“progressives” took over the island.


18 posted on 12/12/2013 12:19:56 PM PST by minnesota_bound
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To: hinckley buzzard
The hard grunt work of real investigators offers a scenario that makes so much more sense.

Absolutely. But our self-appointed "saviors" like Diamond seem to get most of the media attention. Perceptions, not facts, seem to dominate political discussions, especially environmental ones.

19 posted on 12/12/2013 12:22:38 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: Theoria
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20 posted on 12/12/2013 12:30:58 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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21 posted on 12/12/2013 12:34:11 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: fungoking
How did they walk around with those giant heads?

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22 posted on 12/12/2013 12:40:35 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: fungoking
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23 posted on 12/12/2013 12:45:40 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL
The guy in the bottom photo in post #20 looks like William Meacham who is the author of THE RAPE OF THE TURIN SHROUD. He is a wild maverick in his interpretations. Controversies such as those surrounding Easter Island and the fall of the Mayan culture become fascinating when one gets into the details of competing schools of thought.
24 posted on 12/12/2013 12:58:33 PM PST by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47)
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To: Monterrosa-24

Thanks. I think I have at least one Easter Island documentary on my PC. I’ll see if he’s in it. I’m sure YouTube has plenty of other docs too.


25 posted on 12/12/2013 1:05:06 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Theoria
A visit to Easter Island,the Galapagos Islands and to Antarctica are very close to being at the top of my “bucket list”.
26 posted on 12/12/2013 1:45:32 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: Theoria

Yes, it was the White man’s fault.

Again.

Of course.


27 posted on 12/12/2013 2:38:18 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Gay State Conservative

Yeah, no doubt. Seeing those beautiful locations would be incredible.


28 posted on 12/12/2013 2:59:37 PM PST by Theoria (Obama lied. My health care died.)
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To: 1rudeboy
Greenspan destroyed Rapa Nui?

Okay, I can see that. They would have survived if they had.....a really nice train.....and tariffs.

29 posted on 12/12/2013 4:50:49 PM PST by Toddsterpatriot (Science is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Theoria; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

Thanks Theoria. They were weeeaak, they died because of that. Wimps. ;')

30 posted on 12/12/2013 4:59:25 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: ETL

iirc, the natives told Heyerdahl the statues walked by themselves. Your illustration shows they were correct. And not a single tree was cut down in the process.


31 posted on 12/12/2013 5:42:10 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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To: Theoria

I actually read Jared book “Collapse” .... I thought his analysis about Easter Island was rather lame....

In his closing arguments at the end of the book........ He says ....

You guessed it....

Global warming is the likely cause of future civilization collapsing....


32 posted on 12/12/2013 5:51:08 PM PST by Popman
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To: Theoria
These sarcophagi are located in Peru. Maybe it's just me, but they remind me of moai...


33 posted on 12/12/2013 6:29:23 PM PST by Flag_This (Liberalism: Kills countries dead.)
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To: Fred Nerks

I’ve never seen that National Geo doc before, but it does look as though they are rocking it back and forth in a walking manner.


34 posted on 12/12/2013 6:30:27 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

If I had groups of people trying to pull my head off from three different directions, I’d want a blindfold too.


35 posted on 12/12/2013 6:45:48 PM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: ETL

I saw that event as part of a program on East Island, they did indeed rock the statue from side to side, and it ‘walked’ just as the natives described to Heyerdahl.

There’s a pdf showing the network or roads constructed for statue transportation:

http://www.csulb.edu/~clipo/papers/LipoAndHunt-2005.pdf


36 posted on 12/12/2013 6:48:35 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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Easter Island, not East Island. Silly me.


37 posted on 12/12/2013 6:51:57 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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To: Fred Nerks

Thanks. I’ll take a look.


38 posted on 12/12/2013 6:52:47 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL
I've seen the video.

Pretty interesting. No different than how we would walk a refrigerator with two people.

One of the cooler things was how the 'locals' said how the statues walked, from oral tradition. Took some years, but the scientist finally paid attention.

39 posted on 12/12/2013 8:17:57 PM PST by Theoria (Obama lied. My health care died.)
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To: Theoria

It’s pretty much how I moved large heavy by myself when I moved to my new apartment. :)


40 posted on 12/12/2013 8:23:23 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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41 posted on 12/12/2013 8:29:35 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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42 posted on 12/12/2013 8:32:04 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Theoria

Here’s a 2012 Fox News article on the subject...

Did Easter Island statues walk? Or rock and roll?
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/06/21/did-easter-island-statues-walk-or-rock-and-roll/


43 posted on 12/12/2013 8:32:10 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: JoeProBono

There you go! Excellent, JPB!


44 posted on 12/12/2013 8:34:18 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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45 posted on 12/12/2013 8:38:02 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Theoria

aliens!


46 posted on 12/12/2013 8:42:26 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: JoeProBono
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47 posted on 12/12/2013 8:46:29 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Obadiah
We were wrong.

A bit more research.

Like, none, and I found the culprit.

Daniel Boone

48 posted on 12/12/2013 8:47:06 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: ETL

Toxic Audio - Easter Island Head Lyrics

I am a man with an ordinary head
I am a man with a typical life
I am a man with an ordinary job
I am a man with a typical wife

But i saw a postcard,
It meant a lot to me.
It had a picture of
How i want my life to be...

I want a head like the heads you see on Easter Island, Easter Island
I want a big strong forhead
I want to stand up tall
I want a head like the heads you see on Easter Island, Easter Island.
I want to stare at the seaside and do nothing at all.

I am a man of unenstemied statue
I am a man with conventional ways.
I am a man of mediocre intellect.
I am a man of uneventful days.

But i saw a travel log
It meant a lot to me
It had a picture of
How i want my life to be...

I want a head like the heads you see on Easter Island, Easter Island
I want a three-ton nose job
I want to stand up tall
I want a head like the heads you see on Easter Island, Easter Island.
I want to stare at the seaside and do nothing at all.

I want to be rock hard
I want to be stone
I want to be mysterious
And always left alone!

I want a head like the heads you see on Easter Island.
Bop bop bodabopbopbadabopbop bada baa!

I want a head like the heads you see on Easter Island, Easter Island
I want prominent features
I want to stand up tall
I want a head like the heads you see on Easter Island, Easter Island.
I want to stare at the seaside and do nothing...

http://www.sweetslyrics.com/604802.Toxic%20Audio%20-%20Easter%20Island%20Head%20.html


49 posted on 12/13/2013 5:56:38 AM PST by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: minnesota_bound

Progressive rule? Now that’s a sustainable theory. Elites decided what was good for the entire population and organized the culture around a new paradigm.

“Hey, guys and gals, what this island needs is for everyone to work at building and moving these giant stone statues to places of prominence. Trust us, it will be cheap and easy and you can keep your own personal Gods.”


50 posted on 12/13/2013 9:23:05 AM PST by wildbill
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