What Happened on Easter Island - A New (Even Scarier)Scenario
A new theory exploring the rise and fall of the people of Easter Island.
The Easter Island Statue Project
: a glimpse at what's going on from the neck down.
Haunting images of the night sky above UNESCO world heritage sites: the ruins
of the Mayan city of Tikal
and Easter Island
by astronomer Stéphane Guisard
; above Uluru
by Kwon O Chul. Much more
. [more inside]
is a non-profit which makes three-dimensional scans of archaeological sites with lasers in effort to digitally preserve them. It currently has 27 projects
, including Chichén Itzá
, Angkor Wat
, Anasazi Pueblos in Mesa Verde
, Rapa Nui
and the Royal Tombs at Kasubi
. There's quite a lot of material about Cyark online, including profiles Wired Science
, a lecture by founder Ben Kacyra at Google
as well as an article in Archaeology
and an article by two CyArk employees in Professional Surveyor describing how they work
Ancient observatories from space
Satellite images of Angkor Wat, Chichen Itza, Chaco Canyon, Stonehenge, Teotihuacan, and others. The observers, observed. High res images available.
(of Easter Island), the Mayans
, and the Norse colonists of Greenland
all share one similarity: each culture was brought down by preventable, human-cause environmental catastrophe
. Sure, Michael Crichton
says it's all bunk
, but Jared Diamond (the author of the infinitely discussable
, Pulitzer prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel
) recently came out with a new book
that maybe we ought to be worried after all. Hear him discuss
it on NPR's morning edition.
Twilight at Easter
by Jared Diamond, offers us a clear summary of "Easter's settlement and subsequent history, its statues, the frightening collapse of its society, and its broader significance in our world beset with similar environmental problems." [via JBD's SDJ
Say it twice -- don't it feel nice? Most people think of the enigmatic maoi
when they think of Easter Island but an equally vexing mystery is found in twenty-six wooden objects which contain pictographic symbols comprising...what
? A language? A mnemomic system for recording stories now long forgotten? A resource for modern primitives' tribal tatoos? We could ask, but the authors are long-gone
-- the victims of hard times -- leaving only a few tablets and a bunch of carved stone to puzzle over.