For too long, the ancient history of Easter Island has been associated with ecological disaster, social conflict and cultural collapse. Today, thanks to archaeological digs carried out over a period of more than 10 years, the island has rediscovered a fresh part of its history and has an opportunity to better understand its past. To ensure that these new archaeological discoveries receive the publicity which they deserve, Editions Versant Sud will publish this beautiful full colour book which presents a fascinating account of the new evidence which has turned our knowledge of Easter Island onto its head. In particular, the book sheds new light on the causes of deforestation, supposed periods of famine, folk memories of social tension and clan wars, the overturning of the giant stone figures and the legends associated with them.
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Nicolas Cauwe, PhD (University of Liege), is the Curator of the Pre-History and Oceania collection at the Royal Art & History Museum, Brussels and lectures at the Catholic University of Louvain.
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