Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is the most isolated, permanently inhabited land on the planet, home to an extraordinary Stone Age culture that produced hundreds of sophisticated coastal stone platforms, more than a thousand enormous stone statues, the richest rock art in the Pacific, and a unique writing system. This talk will provide an introduction to the discovery of this culture and its principal features; and what archaeology, oral traditions and, more recently, palaeobotanical evidence have combined to teach us about the island’s cultural rise and decline.
Paul Bahn studied archaeology at the University of Cambridge, and completed his PhD thesis in 1979 on the prehistory of the French Pyrenees. He has held post-doctoral fellowships at Liverpool and London, plus a J. Paul Getty postdoctoral fellowship in the History of Art and the Humanities. For eight years in the 1990s Paul was Vice-President of the Australian Rock Art Association. His main research interest is prehistoric art, especially rock art of the world. Paul led the team which, at his instigation, searched for and discovered the first Ice Age cave art at Creswell Crags, UK in 2003.
ADFAS (Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society) Australia comprises 37 societies and is modelled on the successful UK arts appreciation organisation NADFAS. ADFAS Noosa Inc hosts Saturday afternoon lectures on a monthly basis for its members and guests at St Mary’s Church in Tewantin to which visitors are very welcome – a $25 entry fee on the door applies. For further information call 0436 323 776.
Title: What Really Happened on Easter Island
Lecturer: Paul Bahn
Date: Saturday 9 March 2019
Time: 3.45 pm for 4.00 pm
Venue: St Mary’s Church Hall, 17 William Street, Tewantin
Fee: $25 for visitors: bookings essential
Bookings: Joan Trusler, 0436 323 776, firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society Noosa Inc
Australian and Decorative Fine Arts Society Noosa Inc, Noosa Junction
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