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  • Originally published 11/17/2017

    Do civilizations collapse?

    Guy D Middleton

    The idea that the Maya or Easter Islanders experienced an apocalyptic end makes for good television but bad archaeology.

  • Originally published 07/22/2013

    Polynesian navigators revive a skill that was nearly lost

    Two ocean-going canoes have returned to New Zealand after an epic voyage to Easter Island by Polynesian navigators using traditional craft. The revival of ancient skills continues to gather momentum and has great cultural and political significance for the indigenous people of the Pacific.They waded ashore from their canoes through the luminous turquoise water of the lagoon. The captains, festooned with garlands of flowers, led a procession of around 20 men and women, Cook Islanders, Tahitians, New Zealand Maoris and three sailors from Rapanui, better known to most of us as Easter Island.Then the band played, waiting dignitaries made speeches and girls from the High School, still in their uniforms, danced....