The entrance to the ceremonial complex at Ahu Tongariki on Easter Island. A lone Moai statue stands at the entrance
BBC Four presents a TV programme tonight (Thursday, 30 February 2014) entitled Easter Island: Mysteries of a Lost World
The contrast between the majestic statues of Easter Island and the desolation of their surroundings is stark. For decades Easter Island, or Rapa Nui as the islanders call it, has been seen as a warning from history for the planet as a whole – wilfully expend natural resources and the collapse of civilisation is inevitable.
But archaeologist Dr Jago Cooper believes this is a disastrous misreading of what happened on Easter Island.
BBC Four from 9pm. More here.