Easter Island people used sharpened stones as tools, not weapons

Obsidian artifacts challenge notion that warfare led to collapse of Rapa Nui civilization

obsidian tools

SPEAR NOT  A new analysis of obsidian artifacts from Easter Island indicates that these finds served as tools for planting and other daily activities. Some researchers have portrayed these implements as spearpoints that were used by warring island groups before Europeans arrived in the 1700s.

C. Lipo and Father Sebastian Englert Anthropological Museum, Rapa Nui

This article is only available to Science News subscribers.

Subscribers, enter your e-mail address to access our archives.

Not a subscriber?

Science News is a nonprofit.

Support us by subscribing now.

More Stories from Science News on Archaeology

From the Nature Index

Paid Content