Late colonization of Easter Island

Terry L. Hunt, Carl P. Lipo

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Abstract

Easter Island (Rapa Nui) provides a model of human-induced environmental degradation. A reliable chronology is central to understanding the cultural, ecological, and demographic processes involved. Radiocarbon dates for the earliest stratigraphic layers at Anakena, Easter Island, and analysis of previous radiocarbon dates imply that the island was colonized late, about 1200 A.D. Substantial ecological impacts and major cultural investments in monumental architecture and statuary thus began soon after initial settlement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1603-1606
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume311
Issue number5767
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 17 2006
Externally publishedYes

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