Lecture by Honorary Doctor Sonia Haoa Cardinali

Public lecture by Sonia Haoa Cardinali, appointed honorary doctor of the Faculty of Arts 2019, with the title Archaeology of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) – Learning from the past for the future.

Sonia Haoa Cardinali is a prominent archaeologist and former Director-General of the National Heritage Board on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). She has made particularly significant contributions to knowledge of the Easter Islands’ prehistory, increasing our understand of the islanders’ survival strategies, innovative agriculture and sustainable environmental adaptation over centuries of dwindling resources. This research has led to many publications and has implications not only for the Easter Islanders themselves but also for issues facing indigenous populations in Oceania as a whole. Cardinali has had a long-standing and active collaboration with archaeologists at Uppsala University, which has laid the foundation for field work and mutual development of knowledge over several decades.