Dunn Presents in Japan on Easter Island Research

by westy on September 2, 2015

statue RR-001-157 view 1 EISP2011In late July and early August, Prof. Rick Dunn was in Nagoya, Japan for 2+ weeks to present a talk from his Easter Island research at the International Union for Quaternary Sciences (INQUA). The photograph to the right is from Easter Island and shows the five meter depth of burial of many of the moai, all by colluvium in a span of only a few hundred years! His talk focused on reconstructing landscape and environmental evolution in the area of the megalithic statue quarries from which the massive moai, or large statues, were removed. The area very likely had a complex land use history, including extensive gardening, in addition to the well-known quarry activity, and the impact on the landscape was short-lived but extensive and detrimental.
Nagoya garden path_RKDIn addition to the professional talk Dr. Dunn met with many other Quaternary scientists to discuss ongoing projects and potential collaborative studies. He also spent time in and around Nagoya visiting geological and archaeological sites and museums. And of course he spent time enjoying Japan, including gardens (a path through a Nagoya garden is pictured) and evenings of good adventure at various restaurants.

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