Photo by Mòni
It’s traditional to follow up a post on Stonehenge with a spurious connection. This is a Moai on Easter Island, the most isolated spot on Earth where they had a sky. Just like Stonehenge. If I ever write my alternative archaeology book then I’ll make a big deal of that.
The tale of Easter Island is one that has great significance for our own times. The pursuit of prestige led to the destruction of environmental resources on the island. The collapse when it happened appeared to be sudden and when the Europeans discovered the island what they found was a poverty-stricken civilisation trapped in the shadow of its past. Disease and slavery accounted for all but twelve of the population by the twentieth century. The moral of the tale is either the usual one of the need for sustainable development, or if you’re more morally lax, “Party like there’s no tomorrow, because for your children there might not be.”