Author(s): Paul Bahn; John Flenley
Here is a comprehesive and up to date study of the enigmatic culture of Easter Island. The authors explore the mysteries of the island, overturning many of Thor Heyerdahl's well publicized but ill founded theories. They consider possible methods by which the islanders transported the massive effigies over long distances and erected them on platforms. They also look at the largely undesciphered REongorongo 'script' engraved on wooden boards, and the bizzare cult of the birdman, with its complex egg hunting ritual. Drawing on new archaeological evidence, this book reveals how the decline may stem from ecological catastrophe. Complete with 200 illustrations, 15 in color.