So yesterday I bit the bullet and signed up for my second dig with Earthwatch: Restoring Prehistoric Landscapes on Easter Island for two weeks in December. According to Josh Bernstein of History Channel’s Digging for the Truth, Easter Island is the most remote island in the world, being some 2300 miles off the coast of Chile. It’s forests have been decimated and the islanders have lost the skills to reclaim them. Earthwatch is digging to find clues as to how the ancients managed their forests and to help restore the landscape to improve agriculture on the island. Read more about Easter Island from Szandra Gonzalez‘s website. The photo to the right is hers. Easter Island is now a world heritage site.
Postcard of the Week: Easter Island (thewell-travelledpostcard.com)
- Josh Bernstein
- Archaeologists Analyze Carvings on Easter Island Statue (sci-news.com)
- New and Surprising Discoveries about Mysterious Easter Island Statue: Origin of the Birdman Cult (scienceworldreport.com)
- National Geographic: Easter Island