The "Walking" Statues of Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
Honors Dean and Professor of Anthropology Terry L. Hunt will be presenting a lecture entitled, "The 'Walking' Statues of Rapa Nui (Easter Island)" as part of the School of Anthropology Lecture Series.
Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, famous for its nearly 1000 giant statues, has become widely known as a case study of human-induced environmental catastrophe resulting in cultural collapse. Drawing on nearly two decades of field research, Dr. Hunt documents the island’s astonishing prehistoric success—indeed its resilience despite marginal resources. A significant part of this remarkable story is how the multi-ton statues or moaiwere transported to every corner of the island. Rapa Nui has a lesson for us today, but he provides compelling evidence that it is a different lesson than the one made so popular in recent years.
Dr. Hunt’s book (with Carl Lipo), The Statues that Walked, won and a national award from the Society for American Archaeology and his research has been featured in National Geographic(July 2012) as well as in a full-length Nova-National Geographic TV documentary.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Haury room 215