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The Statues That Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island (review)

The Statues That Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island (review) book and media reviews The Statues That Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island, by Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo. London: Free Press, 2011. isbn cloth, 978-14391-5031-3; eBook, 978-1-43915434-2; xii + 244 pages, maps, appendix, bibliography, index. Cloth, us$26.00; eBook, us$12.99. The Statues That Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island provides a new set of hypotheses and discussions pertaining to Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island. Published by the Free Press, the book is intended for a lay audience with limited knowledge of Rapa Nui and Pacific Island prehistory, but it also contains summaries of research and theories that would be of interest to regional historians, archaeologists, and ecologists. The main premise of the book is that many of the "popular" accounts of Rapa Nui--in particular the view that the island hosted a large, stratified population that outstripped the resources of the island, ultimately dooming it to conflict and famine (as suggested in Jared Diamond's 2004 book Collapse)--are misconceptions based on limited data and erroneous reconstructions of the island's ecology, demography, and history of colonization. Authors Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo put forward a series of arguments for a much different vision of Rapa Nui prehistory--one http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

The Statues That Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 24 (1) – Feb 12, 2012

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book and media reviews The Statues That Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island, by Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo. London: Free Press, 2011. isbn cloth, 978-14391-5031-3; eBook, 978-1-43915434-2; xii + 244 pages, maps, appendix, bibliography, index. Cloth, us$26.00; eBook, us$12.99. The Statues That Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island provides a new set of hypotheses and discussions pertaining to Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island. Published by the Free Press, the book is intended for a lay audience with limited knowledge of Rapa Nui and Pacific Island prehistory, but it also contains summaries of research and theories that would be of interest to regional historians, archaeologists, and ecologists. The main premise of the book is that many of the "popular" accounts of Rapa Nui--in particular the view that the island hosted a large, stratified population that outstripped the resources of the island, ultimately dooming it to conflict and famine (as suggested in Jared Diamond's 2004 book Collapse)--are misconceptions based on limited data and erroneous reconstructions of the island's ecology, demography, and history of colonization. Authors Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo put forward a series of arguments for a much different vision of Rapa Nui prehistory--one

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Published: Feb 12, 2012

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