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A Society that Self-Destructed? Recent Archaeological Research on Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

A Society that Self-Destructed? Recent Archaeological Research on Easter Island (Rapa Nui)
19 Russell Street, Anthropology Building Room AP130
Time: Oct 27th, 6:00 pm End: Oct 27th, 8:00 pm
Interest Categories: South Asian, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), Archaeology, 1500-1800, 1200-1500
Lecture by Mara Mulrooney, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Hawaii

The Archeological Institute of America Toronto Society and the UofT Archaelology Centre present an illustrated lecture:

Mara Mulrooney, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Hawaii and The Jo Anne Tilburg Visiting Lecturer, 2015-2016

A Society that Self-Destructed? Recent Archaeological Research on Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is often portrayed as the locale of a dramatic societal collapse triggered by overpopulation and environmental degradation during the late pre-European contact period (before A.D. 1722). Despite the popularity of this collapse narrative, there is very little solid evidence for it. In this presentation, Dr. Mulrooney shares the results of recent archaeological research into settlement and land use on the island. This research suggests that the island’s history is characterized by successful adaptations and continuity through time instead of punctuated, detrimental changes during the late pre-contact period.

This lecture is free and open to all. Registration is not required.  For further information, please see the website of the AIA Toronto.

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