Topic ID #20973 - posted 6/23/2012 3:43 PM

Easter Island Statues: New Theory Explains How Rapa Nui Moai Were Moved



Jennifer Palmer

Webmaster
Easter Island Statues: New Theory Explains How Rapa Nui Moai Were Moved (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Posted: 06/21/2012 2:21 pm Updated: 06/22/2012 12:58 pm

For most, the mention of Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, the small, isolated island more than 2,000 miles off the coast of South America, conjures images of giant statues known as moai.

But ever since Dutch explorers found the island on Easter Sunday in 1722, people have wondered how the Rapanui, the island's native inhabitants, were able to transport the hundreds of huge sculptures from the quarry where they were carved to stone platforms throughout the island, all without the use of wheels or draft animals.

Over the last sixty years, scientists have theorized that the Rapanui moved the moai -- some of which are as tall as 33 feet and weigh more than 80 tons -- using various methods, from strapping the statues to tree trunks and dragging them on the ground to rolling them on sleds over felled trees.


Read more here.





(c)1996-2014, archaeologyfieldwork.com

Visit our Employment Network websites: archaeologyfieldwork.com - museumjobsonline.com - For information on advertising on this website, contact webmaster@archaeologyfieldwork.com