It may be the most interesting and yet loneliest spot on Earth: a volcanic rock surrounded by a million square miles of ocean, named for the day Dutch explorers discovered it, Easter Sunday, April 5, 1722. Here, people created a complex society, sophisticated astronomy, exquisite wood sculpture, monumental stone architecture, roads, and a puzzling ideographic script. And then they went about sculpting amazing, giant human figures in stone.
This audiobook of the history, culture, and art of Easter Island is the first to examine in detail the island's vernacular architecture, often overshadowed by its giant stone statues. It shows the conjecturally reconstructed prehistoric pole houses; the ahu, the sculptures' platform, as a spectacular expression of prehistoric megalithic architecture; and the Easter Island Statue Project's inventory of the colossal moai sculptures.
"Easter Island, its gigantic stone statues, its Polynesian society, and that society's collapse continue to fascinate and mystify the public as well as scientists. This... book is now the best current account of those riveting themes." (Jared Diamond, Professor of Geography at UCLA, and Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of Collapse, Germs, and Steel and other books.)
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