Apocalypse Island

Natural rock outcroppings on Robinson Crusoe Island are not Mayan "monuments."

Simon Haberle on Archeology and "Apocalypse Island"


 Below is a comment from Simon Haberle sent as an email on
September 6, 2010.  Simon is an Australian archeology professor
and one author of the archeological study cited in Wikipedia, 
"An Archeological Exploration of Robinson Crusoe Island,
Juan Fernandez Archipelago, Chile,"


The archaeological evidence is very clear that there were no Mayan peoples inhabiting the island at any time in prehistory.
The "stone artifacts" he shows also show no evidence for human action in their formation and could be formed through natural processes. No stone axes were ever found in our excavations and surveys. I have seen the 
geological formations mentioned in the website and, along with any geologist you might ask, know that they are simply remnants of harder basalt that forms the ridges throughout the island. Similar protruding ridgelines are found throughout the island. There is no evidence for human hand in forming any of these features. I wish the History Channel would focus on the excellent and exciting scientific work that has been done on these islands (from biology to geology and archaeology). Unfortunately this story does not come under that category.



Here are two other articles by Simon Haberle:

An Environmental History of the Juan Fernandez Archipeligo

A poster presentation by Simon Haberle.




Article on biology and history of the islands.