Learning how they were moved.
This was a very enlightening account of what has been learned about the statutes.
I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.
The description of this book is not very good. Here's the story: there's an island, it's isolated from those near it. It's devoid of trees. It has no reefs, so there are few fish to catch. There are no large animals to hunt. It's only 64 square miles large. Oh yeah, and somehow and for some reason the indigenous people didn't die out but managed to make over 900 multi-ton statues of human faces and move them from a quarry in the middle of the island to the shores, all facing inward. So what happened?
This book, written by two scientists who have studied Easter Island for many years, take you through the evidence in the soil, the remains and the artifacts and tackle one individual mystery after another until your perception of this small island and these amazing people has completely altered. It's a little clerical, a little less storytelling than scientific analysis, but it's an amazing read. The thought process and the way these people look at the real data and come to completely new conclusions that in hindsight make such sense, is the way people should confront the problems in their own lives.
Also, it's such a good story of history and pre-history that you should definitely add it to your cart.
I love books. Love to read them, listen to them, and build my stash of them.
If you were ever curious about the huge rock statues on Easter Island you will find this explanation to be satisfying. It was well performed, clearly read.
Easter Island is fascinating, and this account of its history is no exception. The only downfall is, because it is an in-depth archeological and social study, sometimes the narration gets lost in technical terms and explanation of studies that would serve great purpose in Peer Reviewed Journals, but is too technical for casual reading.
The narration is great, and the story is interesting, overall. If you have any interest in Easter Island and its sometimes fraught history, give this a chance.
I grew up with a fascination of archaeology and this island in particular and this book provided me with all of the answers to questions I had and even more. I began to lose interest around chapter three where everything told starts feeling redundant but then suddenly I was captivated unable to stop listening as more and more of the research unfolded.
As absorbing as a good well told as a police procedural. Filled with archeological and cultural science explained and not much it appears oversimplified.
I have a preference for the straight not over dramatic delivery of this narrator whose delivery focused the listener on the story rather than the performance
They did a great job of presenting "established" myths and then debunking them one by one. Really held my interest!
I'm not a big reader (or listener) of non-fiction books (though I'm big on National Geographic, Smithsonian, Science magazines), but I found this book kept me as fascinated as a great novel - not a dry text book style non-fiction book, but rather one that gives life to history. I enjoyed this very much and it has led to many discussions.
I originally picked this book up to get a more thorough understanding of the history of the statues that exist on Easter Island and what I received was so much more. The authors take you on a journey of understanding the inhabitants of this small island, their challenges, and what life was like with finite resources. You leave understanding why they created the statues in such mass, how they moved them, and what life was like after they were visited by various expeditions.
It was an eye opening listen that I'm glad I endured. Be prepared for a bit of social psychology, physics, and history all rolled into this one.
I remember watching shows on Easter Island but this book was fantastic as far as the history of the island and how they carved the stones and moved them. It was a great learning experience for me.