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Title: Revisiting Rapa Nui (Easter Island) ‘‘Ecocide’’. 
Author: Hunt, Terry L.; Lipo, Carl P.
Date: 2009-10
Publisher: Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Hunt TL, Lipo CP. Revisiting Rapa Nui (Easter Island) ‘‘Ecocide’’. Pac Sci 63(4): 601-616.
Abstract: Easter Island (Rapa Nui) has become widely known as a case of ‘‘ecocide,’’ where the ancient Polynesians recklessly destroyed their environment and, as a consequence, suffered collapse. In recent publications, both popular and academic, scholars have promoted this perspective, drawing upon archaeological evidence and offering Rapa Nui as a parable for our current global crisis. In this paper we address recent claims and outline emerging archaeological and paleoenvironmental evidence. We consider chronology, causes and consequences of deforestation, agricultural strategies, statue transport, and the evidence or ancient population size and its demise. Although deforestation and ecological catastrophe certainly unfolded over the course of the island’s prehistory, the ensuing demographic and cultural collapse followed European contact and resulted from the devastating effects of disease and slave trading. Deforestation and contact-induced demographic collapse were separated in time and causation. Finally, we offer alternative perspectives emerging from a variety of recent research.
Series/Report No.: vol. 63, no. 4
Description: v. ill. 23 cm. Quarterly
Pages/Duration: 16 p.
ISSN: 0030-8870
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/22778
LC Subject Headings: Natural history--Periodicals.
Science--Periodicals
Natural history--Pacific Area--Periodicals.

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