Welcome to the UCL Science Society

The UCL Science Society is a social dining club for members of UCL with a general interest in Science. We meet five times per year to enjoy a talk on a scientific topic of general interest and have dinner together. If you would like to join the society, please write to the secretary. New members are elected at our annual general meeting. Membership of the society costs £10/year. Non members are welcome to join us for the talk only, but need to book in advance using the form below. Read more about the society.

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Next Science Society Meeting

Time & Date18:00 Thursday 17/5/2018
LocationSth Wing: Garwood LT
TitleAGM & talk:The statue period archaeology of Rapa Nui (Easter Island), AD 1200-1600: monumentality, environmental change, resilience and living heritage.
Speaker Prof Sue Hamilton, Director UCl Inst of Archaeology. (UCL Institute of Archaeology. )
AbstractThe statue period archaeology of Rapa Nui (Easter Island), AD 1200-1600: monumentality, environmental change, resilience and living heritage
Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is a small, remote, volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean, some 2500 km from its nearest neighbour and 4000km from the nearest mainland (Chile). Its extreme isolation has governed its past and ongoing existence. Myths and enigmas of Rapa Nui have been generated by the records of early explorers, folk memories surviving from a population that had declined to c.250 persons by 1915, by sensationalised concepts of self-induced eco-disaster, and by a public fascination with with the ‘collapse’ of its iconic tradition of colossal statue construction. Today, Rapa Nui’s population of c.5000 people gains its main economic stream from heritage tourism. It is faced with highly challenging issues of sustaining a UNESCO designated heritage landscape that is undergoing massive physical erosion. The UCL Rapa Nui Landscapes of Construction Project considers these issues on a landscape scale. Rapa Nui’s archaeological past, and current living heritage have complex social, ideological and ecological interfaces that need to be understood and addressed on an island-wide scale.
NotesLecture: Garwood LT. Dinner for members and guests: Sth Wing Council Room. Maximum 24.

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Prof. Shamshad Cockcroft Dr. Margaret Mayston


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