Easter Island aficionado David meets Dr Jago Cooper

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Easter Island aficionado David meets Dr Jago Cooper of the British Museum*, whose documentary on Easter Island recently screened on BBC4. David was there 27 years ago (with a previous BBC ‘Horizon’ film crew). In those days the theory was that the islanders, known as Rapanui, were the cause of their own demise by cutting down the trees and using up all resources. Cooper’s film shows that this is unfair and that the islanders were living in harmony with the environment and it was the contact with outsiders that brought disease, slavery and unsuitable farming that did for the island. Whatever the history a visit to the island is an unforgettable trip and should be high on anyones ‘Bucket list’. * At the Latin American Travel Association’s annual  event at the House of Lords. Photo courtesy Adrian Pope.

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