The history of easter island and its inhabitants

This fighting continued until the s. The level of intellectual achievement of at least some parts of Easter Island society can be judged by the fact that a number of these ahu have sophisticated astronomical alignments, usually towards one of the solstices or the equinox.

The statues were carved, using only obsidian stone tools, at the quarry at Rano Raraku.

Solving the Easter Island population puzzle

Other unique features of the hotel include beautiful clay baths as well as furnishings made out of volcanic rock. The recent excavations, which reveal that the earliest settlers arrived with previously developed architectural concepts and a highly specialized megalithic masonry technique, support island traditions, which claim that the first ancestors arrived in an organized party of emigrants and not merely as casually wind-driven fishermen.

The island World Heritage status was secured due to its fame around the world and the iconic Moai that grace the island.

The Ancient Pagan Origins of Easter

In many Christian traditions, the custom of giving eggs at Easter celebrates new life. Among these stories are prevailing themes of fertility, conception, renewal, descent into darkness, and the triumph of light over darkness or good over evil.

Easter Island Inhabitants Ate Rats as Major Part of Their Diet

They would wear the ornaments around their necks during community events. He decided to call it Easter Island, after the day he discovered it. They stand as tall as 30 ft. However, two questions are still debated. Its inhabitants have suffered famines, civil war, slave raids, and near total loss of forests.

In the case of Rapa Nui, recovered plant seed shells showed markings of being gnawed on by rats. Through the interpretation of Hitihiti, Cook learned the statues commemorated their former high chiefs, including their names and ranks. Petroglyphs representing Bird Men on Easter Island are the same as some in Hawaii, indicating that this concept was probably brought by the original settlers; only the competition itself was unique to Easter Island.

Easter Island History

Slavery became common and as the amount of protein available fell the population turned to cannibalism. He and his crew found a population that they described as being of mixed physical types who worshiped huge standing statues with fires while they prostrated themselves to the rising sun.

Salmon sold the Brander Easter Island holdings to the Chilean government on 2 Januaryand signed as a witness to the cession of the island.

History of Easter Island

Most of the tools were deliberately sharp, in order to cut fibers, carve wood and even to use for weaponry. As they became ever more important, they had to be protected from theft and the introduction of stone-built defensive chicken houses can be dated to this phase of the island's history.Easter Island Inhabitants Ate Rats as Major Part of Their Diet New research published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology has revealed that the indigenous population that once inhabited Easter Island, famous for its more than 1, ‘walking’ Moai.

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Easter Island covers roughly 64 square miles in the South Pacific Ocean, and is located some 2, miles from Chile’s west coast and 2, miles east of Tahiti. Known as Rapa Nui to its earliest.

Easter Island, known as Rapa Nui by its inhabitants, has been surrounded in mystery ever since the Europeans first landed in Early visitors estimated a population of just 1,, which.

Called Rapa Nui by its original inhabitants, it takes its English name from the day Europeans arrived: April 5, —Easter Sunday. Dutch navigator Jacob Roggeveen reported a. Hunt's findings caused a stir among Easter Island scientists.

John Flenley, a pollen analyst at New Zealand's University of Massey, accepts that the numerous rats would have some impact on the island. The history of Easter Island is rich and controversial. Its inhabitants have suffered famines, civil war, slave raids, and near total loss of forests.

The population has declined steeply more than once.

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