Scientists Uncover An Amazing Discovery Under The Giant Easter Island Heads. This Is Incredible

Easter Island both fascinates and haunts us. The first thing that comes to mind is of course the giant stone heads. Known as “moai,” these massive sculptures were the work of the Rapa Nui people, Polynesians who discovered the island about a thousand years ago. What haunts us is the trajectory of Rapa Nui civilization on Easter Island. After a period of success, their civilization collapsed, likely due to the depletion of the island’s resources. By the time Europeans first appeared, in the early 1700s, the island’s population was only about a quarter of what it had once been and hardly any statues had been built in the previous 200 years.

About 900 of the giant moai were built, each representing a deified ancestor, to be worshiped by the Rapa Nui. What still baffles everyone today is how a people with rudimentary technology were able to haul these enormous statues from the inland quarries to their final coastal locations. The moai typically weighed about 14 tons and the largest were upwards of 90 tons. Despite years of studying the geography, culture, and traditions of the islanders, archaeologists and other scientists can really just guess. They’ve even tried to figure it out by moving replica moai themselves, “walking” them with ropes or using various arrangements of log rollers.

So imagine everyone’s surprise when excavation revealed that some of the gigantic heads had full stone bodies underneath! However the Rapa Nui hauled stone sculptures around, they’d done even more of that work than people realized. Curiously, the bodies were covered with petroglyphs, a kind of writing. Nobody can read them, so that’s another Easter Island mystery that will have to be unraveled.

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