Terry Hunt

Terry Hunt is a professor in the department of Anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. With research focused on the archaeological history of the Pacific Islands, he has conducted archaeological field work and related research in Hawai'i, Samoa, Fiji, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea. Hunt has framed questions concerning the origins of social and cultural diversity and the role history - constructed through archaeology - would necessarily play in disentangling the processes involved. Over the past decade Hunt has conducted archaeological research on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). His field work has investigated multiple aspects of this small and remote island's prehistory. Hunt's findings, along with co-author Carl Lipo, have dramatically revised our understanding of what happened on Rapa Nui and published in The Statues that Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island (Free Press, 2011). Hunt currently has affiliations with Bishop Museum, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, and the Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation Biology Program at University of Hawai'i. [+]