Title: The "Walking" Statues of Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Haury room 215
Abstract: 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 moai were 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 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. Dr. Hunt is the new Dean of the Arizona Honors College and Professor of Anthropology.