What really did happen to the civilization on Easter Island? This is a question that people everywhere for quite some time have been theorizing.
There are tons of hypotheses’ explaining the population crash: things from disease to deforestation and everything in-between. With that being said, this newer study says neither one of those is true. It completely rules out a lot of things people have been thinking over for years now. If you want to learn more on Easter Island check out the video below before continuing on.
The research team led by Bristol University and featuring work by both the University of Hawai’i and Binghamton University analyzed the chemistry of botanical, human, and faunal remains found at different Rapa Nui archaeological sites were able to paint a very in-depth image of what the ancient islanders actually ate and in the process even learned about their agricultural methods.The team found that at least half of their protein came from marine sources. This suggests that they never stopped fishing, contrary to what the ecocide theory states. This was actually explained in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
“We also learned that what they did get from terrestrial resources came from very modified soils, that they were enriching the soils in order to grow the crops,”
That means that the Rapa people were actually quite knowledgeable when it came to farming. This meaning that there was not much of a chance of agricultural collapse either, leading us to believe the ecocide theory does not quite match up. At this point what happened on Easter Island is a mystery even still but we are getting closer. Check out some of the theories in the video below, what do you think happened to the people of Easter Island?