Posted inGeography

Swains Island, the Paradise Atoll Owned by a Single Family Since 1856 and Disputed by the United States and Tokelau

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, about 180 kilometers south of the Fakaofo Atoll, which belongs to Tokelau, and 300 kilometers north of Savai’i, the largest of the islands in American Samoa, is Swains (or Olohega in the Tokelauan language). It is a small atoll of 3.5 square kilometers with an inner lagoon about […]

Posted inArchaeology

Researchers Find Evidence of Early Contact Between First Settlers of Rapa Nui and South American Natives

A recent study analyzed the starch residues found on obsidian tools from the oldest strata at the Anakena site in Rapa Nui (Easter Island), dated between 1000 and 1300 AD. The results provide interesting evidence about the diet and crops of the island’s early inhabitants, as well as evidence of contact between South American natives […]