Prehistoric Rapa Nui Landscape and Settlement Archaology at Hanga Hoʻonu
Christopher M. Stevenson and Sonia Haoa Cardinali
The Easter Island Foundation
Softcover, 297 pp.
Rapa Nui is a rugged and rock-strewn landscape with a seemingly disarticulated appearance. However, contrary to past perceptions, Rapa Nui was highly transformed and managed agricultural terrain that emerged in response to the deforestation of the island by Polynesian Settlers. Prehistoric Rapa Nui Landscape and Settlement Archaology at Hanga Hoʻonu adds an additional dimension to the many scholarly investigations of why this prehistoric society evolved into a complex chiefdom that was able to sustain itself for centuries – and in an environment poorly suited for agriculture – before the system failed. The identification of geomorphological investigation of pre-historic rock gardens adds important new details on the magnitude of an agricultural system that previously went unrecognized despite decades of archaeological research.
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