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4,351. On Easter Island, entirely alone, they’ll create a unique civilisation – surrounded by statues of their ancestral gods. (Humanity & Easter Island) Mankind: The Story of All of Us IV, History Channel 2012
5,780. Easter Island ... The question about these statues is – why were they all made alike? (Evolution & Civilisation & Easter Island & Human Being) Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man 1973 6/13: The Starry Messenger
5,781. A civilisation which failed to take the first step on the ascent of rational knowledge. (Evolution & Civilisation & Easter Island & Human Being) ibid.
5,876. Easter Island ... These ancient ancestral faces; but in the end all of them are not worth one child’s dimpled face. (Evolution & Easter Island & Human Being) Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man: The Long Childhood 13/13
70,972. There can hardly be a place on Earth that’s been extensively studied as Easter Island. Archaeologists have sketched, measured and mapped more than 19,000 sites. But they’ve had to jostle for space with anthropologists, agriculturalists, historians, seismologists, and plane loads of other experts, not to mention TV crews. But no-one can hope to answer the central riddle of this mysterious island: no written history from the age of giants has ever been found, so we’ll never know the purpose of these extraordinary sculptures. Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious Universe
70,973. [Erich] von Daniken suggests that these bird-heads could also be helmets equipped with a type of mask. The island’s ancient legends tell of flying people who arrived amid thundering noise. (Easter Island & Ancient Astronaut Theory) In Search of Ancient Astronauts 1973
70,974. Many of the stone gods stand sixty-five feet high and weigh nearly four-hundred tons. ibid.
70,975. The problem about some of the legends is that we can’t approach them literally. We can’t take word for word what’s said on Easter Island ever. Dr Jo Anne van Tilburg, Institute of Archaeology UCLA
70,976. There isn’t one single method that worked on every single one of these statues. Dr Jo Anne van Tilburg
70,977. Logic dictates they moved the statues in a horizontal position. Dr Jo Anne Van Tilburg, University of California, Los Angeles
70,978. I think they moved these colossal statues upright. Professor Charles Love, anthropologist
70,979. I believe the statues on Easter Island were all moved standing up for several reasons. The first reason is the statues along the road of Eastern Island have great chips that have been taken out of their lateral edges ... This could only have been done if the statues were tilted. Professor Charles Love, Western Wyoming College
70,980. It was a period of disintegration, social disintegration and turmoil. You’ve got endemic warfare. It’s chronic. They’re slugging it out. Dr Doug Owsley, Smithsonian Institution
70,981. The islanders live with their past. Two thousand people share their island with one thousand monolithic stone statues. (Easter Island & Stone) Horizon: Easter Island – The Secrets, 1988
70,982. The most isolated inhabited land on Earth. ibid.
70,983. Easter Island is the enigma of the Pacific. ibid.
70,984. How did the statues get here? When were they made? How were they carved? Who made them? Where did they come from? ibid.
70,985. Easter Island is a favourite topic for the Phd. ibid.
70,986. There was so much palm pollen [in mud samples] there must have been a forest. ibid.
70,987. 1,500 years ago a weary group of men, women and children reached the goal of a gruelling journey in open canoe across the Pacific Ocean. Their safe arrival at a tiny island marked the beginnings of an unparalleled stone culture. Two thousand souls live an isolated existence on Easter Island today. The missionaries arrived in the last century, and the society is basic but western. Horizon: Easter Island - The Story, 1988
70,988. The island is overshadowed by its past. The statues that draw tourists and scientists to Easter Island are the remnants of a religion which once dominated a busy Stone-Age society.
70,989. A remarkable English lady - Katherine Scoresby-Routledge in the best intrepid Edwardian tradition spent a year on Easter Island in 1914. She excavated, surveyed, measured, sketched and photographed her way across the island. She charted the statues, the archaeological remains of houses and of rock carvings ... Her clan map was to prove invaluable to late researchers. ibid.
70,990. Slave raiders took thousands of Easter Islanders. Even the King and his priests worked the guano. ibid.
70,991. By 1877 the island was one desolate sheep ranch. ibid.
70,992. There is one set of memories that has survived on Easter Island to the present day – legends. The details keep changing but the basic stories are the same ... One legend is a war between two tribes – the short ears and the long ears. ibid.
70,993. A forest once covered the island. ibid.
70,994. In many parts of the island the stones have strange carvings upon them. ibid.
70,995. And what of the endless birdman petroglyphs? ... Why a cult devoted to birds? (Easter Island & Cult) ibid.
70,996. What happened on Easter Island? ... This is the story of Easter Island. A new homeland. Fertile. Green. Here was a chance for the future ... The statues were ancestors ... Slash and burn increased, denuding more soil ... The islanders couldn’t stop ... As the palms went, the soil was exposed to the ocean rain and wind. Driving storms eroded the Earth. And as the trees were consumed the wood for canoes disappeared ... Competition for food became fierce ... A vicious spiral of decline had begun ... But the statues could not respond ... Bigger statures demanded more trees ... Someone cut down the last palm tree. ibid.
70,997. Famine and competition for food were the new rule. ibid.
70,998. A new order was created. A king of stability. The bird man cult. (Easter Island & Cult) ibid.
70,999. Brave young men competed to find the first egg of the season. (Easter Island & Cult) ibid.
718. The [Easter] Islanders even destroyed their gods. (Gods & Easter Island) ibid.
71,000. Easter Island is a story of survival against the impossible and the improbable. ibid.