Permission Granted

Continuing from the last post, I was pointing out that collapse can be relative term. To what degree did Easter Island society collapse after the statue-building era came to an end?

I've already posted some material about the Birdman cult. Today, while we were waiting for the meeting on our permission to start collecting samples, we visited an archaeological dig that I found fascinating. Sorry, I have no pictures since I was busy taking a video. It was ceremonial site that must have been set up roughly between 1800 and 1870. It closely resembled a European sailing ship, and happened to have exactly the same dimensions as one of the first ships to visit Easter Island. It was used, and modified many times based on the accumulated layers. This site seems to show how the society adjusted
and changed its customs, indicating that collapse was far from total.

Today ended with a successful result for our permission hearing. Given our efforts to include local researchers in our project and provide results that are of use to the National Park and to the people on the island, we were told our case was very good.


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Was Collapse Inevitable on Easter Island (Rapa Nui)? Reconstructing a Civilisation's Failure is a Marsden Programme Troy Baisden is involved in.

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