Study of Easter Island artifacts suggests civilization did not succumb to war

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
Study Of Easter Island Artifacts Suggests Civilization Did Not Succumb To War

Experts have long held that early inhabitants of Easter Island disappeared as a result of ongoing warfare, but a recent analysis of artifacts from the area suggests otherwise.

Binghamton University professor and anthropologist Carl Lipo took a more in-depth look at the plentiful obsidian objects found along the coastline of Rapa Nui, Chile.

While such items have often been interpreted as spearheads, an assessment that supports the population loss through violence theory, Lipo believes they are actually tools.

Among the reasons he doesn't agree they were used as weapons is that they wouldn't have worked very well in that capacity.

However, in tasks related to farming and daily living, they would have performed just fine.

Noted the professor, "...this is an amazing society that really was successful. It just doesn't look like success to us because we see fields that are rock, we think catastrophe, and in fact it's actually productivity."

See more scenes from Easter Island:

21 PHOTOS
Easter Island
See Gallery
Study of Easter Island artifacts suggests civilization did not succumb to war
The Seven Moais (Restored In 1960 By Archaeologist William Mulloy) Of Ahu Akivi Are The Only Moai To Face The Ocean, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile (Photo by: Insights/UIG via Getty Images)
CHILE - JANUARY 20: A horse and the five Moai (anthropomorphic monolithic statues) of Ahu Vai Ure, Rapa Nui National Park (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1995), Easter Island, Chile. Polynesian civilisation. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - DECEMBER 16: Chile, Easter Island, Rapa-Nui National Park (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1995). Rano Raraku crater, Moais (megalithic anthropomorphic statues) (Photo by De Agostini Picture Library/De Agostini/Getty Images)
CHILE - JANUARY 20: The Seven Moai (anthropomorphic monolithic statues), Ahu Akivi Archaeological Site, Rapa Nui National Park (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1995), Easter Island, Chile. Chile, Polynesian civilisation. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
Ahu Akivi Moais -- stone statues of the Rapa Nui culture -- are seen on Easter Island, 3700 km off the Chilean coast in the Pacific Ocean, on July 13, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Martin Bernetti (Photo credit should read MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)
CHILE - JANUARY 20: Moai (anthropomorphic monolithic statue) of Ahu Tahai and the five Moai of Ahu Vai Ure, Rapa Nui National Park (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1995), Easter Island, Chile. Polynesian civilisation. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
CHILE - JANUARY 20: The five Moai (anthropomorphic monolithic statues) of Ahu Vai Ure, Rapa Nui National Park (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1995), Easter Island, Chile. Polynesian civilisation. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
View of a Moais -- stone statues of the Rapa Nui culture -- on Easter Island, 3700 km off the Chilean coast in the Pacific Ocean, on July 9, 2010. Hundreds of scientists, tourists and locals expect to see from the Easter Island the almost five-minute total eclipse that will take place on July 11, at the same time of the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 final. AFP PHOTO/Martin Bernetti (Photo credit should read MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)
Ahu Akivi Moais -- stone statues of the Rapa Nui culture -- are seen on Easter Island, 3700 km off the Chilean coast in the Pacific Ocean, on July 13, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Martin Bernetti (Photo credit should read MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Chile Easter Island (Isla de Pascua Rapa Nui) Easter Island (Isla de Pascua Rapa Nui) - moai (Photo by Weller/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Chile Easter Island (Isla de Pascua Rapa Nui) Easter Island (Isla de Pascua Rapa Nui) - Moais at Ahu Tongariki (Photo by Weller/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Moai By The Quarry In The Crater Of Rano Raraku Volcano, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile (Photo by: Insights/UIG via Getty Images)
A group of tourists visit Moais (background) -- stone statues of the Rapa Nui culture -- on Easter Island, 3700 km off the Chilean coast in the Pacific Ocean, on July 9, 2010. Hundreds of scientists, tourists and locals expect to see from the Easter Island the almost five-minute total eclipse that will take place on July 11, at the same time of the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 final. AFP PHOTO/Martin Bernetti (Photo credit should read MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)
Moai By Ahu Tongariki, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile (Photo by: Insights/UIG via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Chile Easter Island (Isla de Pascua Rapa Nui) Easter Island (Isla de Pascua Rapa Nui) - Moais (stone figurine) (Photo by Weller/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Chile Easter Island (Isla de Pascua Rapa Nui) Easter Island (Isla de Pascua Rapa Nui) - Moai at Ahu Tongariki (Photo by Weller/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Chile Easter Island (Isla de Pascua Rapa Nui) Easter Island (Isla de Pascua Rapa Nui) - Moais at Rano Raraku (Photo by Weller/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 07: Statues in a row, Moai Statues, Ahu Akivi, Easter Island, Chile (Photo by De Agostini Picture Library/De Agostini/Getty Images)
Tourists stop to admire the massive stone sentinels of Ahu Tongariki on Easter Island in Chile. (Photo by Jane Wooldridge/Miami Herald/MCT via Getty Images)
The massive stone sentinels of Ahu Tongariki seem imperious, an uncompromising guard against the gluttonous sea crashing at its flank on Easter Island in Chile. (Photo by Jane Wooldridge/Miami Herald/MCT via Getty Images)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

More from AOL.com:
Town transforms UFO hotspot into creepy alien festival
Scientists say this behavior can make men more attractive to women
Rare phenomenon blankets California's barren Death Valley

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners