Fall of Civilizations - 6 - Easter Island - Where Giants Walked

On one of the world’s most isolated islands, hundreds of vast stone statues lie mouldering in the grass. In this episode, Paul Cooper takes a look at one of archaeology’s most enduring puzzles: the mystery of Easter Island. Find out how this unique community grew up in complete isolation, severed from the rest of the world by a vast expanse of ocean. Discover the incredible story of how it survived for so many centuries, and examine the evidence about what happened to finally bring this society, and its statues, crashing down. This episode, we're joined by children from the Toki School of Music and Arts on Rapa Nui, who were kind enough to record some traditional ancestral chants especially for the podcast. Since 2012, Toki has offered children & adolescents free classes in classical and traditional music, with the aim of keeping the traditions of the island alive. It's an incredible project, and if you want to help keep it running, you can donate here: www.tokirapanui.org/en



Sound engineering by Thomas Ntinas


Voice Actors:


Jake Barrett-Mills

Jacob Rollinson

Annie Kelly

Shem Jacobs


Footage of Rapa Iti by Normand Schafer of Far and Away Adventures: FarAndAwayAdventures.com


Music by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: incompetech.com/


Title theme: Home At Last by John Bartmann. https://johnbartmann.com/