Category Archives: Easter Island

Reconsidering the Easter Island Collapse (and the Irony of Jared Diamond’s Interpretation of It)

Barbara King recently asked “Why Does Jared Diamond Make Anthropologists So Mad?” It’s not my place to speak for anthropologists (I’m not Mike the Mad Anthropologist), but I do know what has made me very skeptical of Diamond’s claims: his … Continue reading

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Rethinking Easter Island’s Collapse

Easter Island (also known as Rapa Nui) has become symbolic of the potential for the environment to cause societal collapse (e.g., Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel). But there’s a new book, The Statues That Walked by Terry Hunt and … Continue reading

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