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Originally posted by Essan
Perhaps it would help to do a bit of research on Easter Island?
Try wikipedia for starters
The native population was much reduced, and the local culture in decline (mainly as a consequence of over-exploitation of natural resource - only after they chopped down the last tree did they realise they now had no wood to build a boat, let alone move a statue ), by the time the island was discovered by the Dutch. However, the nearest the islanders came to being wiped out was during the 19th century as a result of slave traders and diseases introduced by westerners - by 1870 there were only 110 islanders left....
Or is the suggestion that the statues were erected by a lost group of inhabitants before the arrival of the polynesians? And that it's this unknown group - who left no other evidence of their existence - that were 'wiped out' by aliens?
Originally posted by Moonshards Shadow
Maybe the easter Island inhabatants were hostile, and warlike. It was an ancient civilization.
Originally posted by The Vagabond
The real mystery is what the hell was going on in these people's minds when they saw the forest getting thin and kept cutting.
Originally posted by mosca
thor heyerdahl: "kon-tiki"
"art of easter island"
"american indians in the pacific"
is a good place to start. He uses most of his books to validate his own mormon beleifs.