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Easter Island, Earth Island : the enigmas of Rapa Nui

Author: Paul G Bahn; John Flenley
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. ©2011
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Fourth edition, First Rowman & Littlefield editionView all editions and formats
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"Easter Island, isolated deep in the South Pacific and now a world heritage site, was home to a fascinating prehistoric culture--one that produced massive stone effigies (the moai) and the birdman cult--yet much of the island's past remains shrouded in mystery. Where did the islanders come from, and when? How did Rapa Nui culture evolve over the centuries? How, and why, did their natural environment change over  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul G Bahn; John Flenley
ISBN: 9781442266551 1442266554
OCLC Number: 1004307732
Description: 303 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 23 cm
Contents: The island and its geography --
Pt. 1. The original 'boat people'. Where did they come from? East or west? ; How did they get there, and why? ; Living on an island --
Pt. 2. Ancestors of stone : a petrified dream. Statues and ceremonies ; The riddle of the quarry ; Rocking or rolling : how were the statues moved? ; Platforms and pukao : erecting the statues --
Pt. 3. The aftermath. Crash go the ancestors ; Orongo and rongo rongo ; The island that self-destructed ; The last enigma.
Responsibility: Paul Bahn and John Flenley.

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In this account of Easter Island, Bahn and Flenley explore the archaeology, history, and legends surrounding the fascinating prehistoric culture that called this remote volcanic island home.  Read more...

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