Easter island (rapa nui: rapa nui, spanish: isla de pascua) is a chilean island in the southeastern pacific ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the polynesian. Easter island demise - the story we’ve all been told about the demise of easter island’s culture is flat-out wrong here’s why. The iconic moai statues are found on easter island credit: dr valentí rull hundreds of iconic moai statues stand testament to the vibrant civilization that once inhabited easter island. Geologically one of the youngest inhabited territories on earth, easter island, located in the mid-pacific ocean, was, for most of its history.
Easter island covers roughly 64 square miles in the south pacific ocean, and is located some 2,300 miles from chile’s west coast and 2,500 miles east of tahiti.
Why did all civilisation disappear from easter island this question has eluded scientists and historians for decades previous studies have blamed the island's inhabitants for exhausting.
Whatever happened on easter island, it wasn't good polynesians landed there, farmed, thrived, built their famous statues, and then things went very bad, very fast sixteen million trees. Lots of theories exist about the inhabitants of easter island, but new research says european colonizers might be to blame scientists are using lasers to un. New evidence: easter island civilization was not destroyed by war one of archaeology's greatest mysteries is what happened to the rapa nui of easter island.
University of hawai'i professor terry hunt is the co-author of the statues that walked: unraveling the mystery of easter island, and is conducting archaeological research on rapa nui was it.