Hundreds of years ago, the Rapa Nui on Easter Island built more than 800 giant statues, weighing tens of tons and several meters high, still shrouded in mystery. The population of Easter Island is thought to have experienced a catastrophic collapse, with a population of up to 20,000, but in the 18th century Europeans found that the island had only about 3,000 people left at Easter.
How did this happen? In the early 2000s, geography professor Jared Diamond explained in his best-selling book, The Great Crash, that the Rapa Nui consumed all the island’s resources, that food was depleted, that trees were cut down, that they had no timber-made boats to fish, that war broke out, that people were eating for humans and that only a few thousand people were left to welcome the Europeans.
But this theory of collapse has been questioned by archaeologists. According to a new paper published in the journal Journal of The Journal of The Journal of The Journal of The Journal of The Journal of The Journal, the researchers provide evidence that the Rapa Nui still thrived well after 1600, and we need to rethink the popular view that the island had collapsed since the arrival of the Europeans.