WATCH: Did Easter Island’s Famous Statues ‘Walk’?

Researchers demonstrate that ancient Easter Islanders might have used ropes and manpower to "walk" the massive figures to their final resting place

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Easter Islanders say the ancient statues "walked" to their final resting place.

How did the ancient monumental statues known as moai reach their final resting place on Polynesia’s Easter Island? Locals say that according to legend, the monolithic statues walked there and researchers now claim that story might be true — to a certain extent.

Archaeologist Carl Lipo of California State University at Long Beach and Hawaii anthropologist Terry Hunt say that ancient Polynesians might have used ropes and manpower to “walk” the massive figures from the quarry to constructed platforms, reports National Geographic magazine. Last year, Hunt and Lipo demonstrated that, with three strong ropes and some practice, as few as 18 people could easily move a 10-ft., 5-ton moai replica a few hundred yards. (Walking the actual statues, which weigh an average of 14 tons, would have been a bit trickier, but the concept is essentially the same.)

Although the experiment doesn’t conclusively solve the mystery of how the statues were moved, it does offer an explanation for the ruined statues that litter the ancient roads of Easter Island; losing control of the ropes would have shattered the figures, and there is no good way to move the broken pieces, reports MSNBC.com.

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JudithWoolworthDonahue
JudithWoolworthDonahue

THIS is WHY.. Easter Island + its statues, the ENTIRE island is a giant 3d ideogram...A ring of volcanic statues some dormant some with red erupting tops,,,, sitting within the Pacific Ring of Fire...a ring of volcanoes...some dormant some with red erupting tops...they spoke "pictionary" they created Easter to teach us they knew volcanology....with that key one could then solve the others...Giza pyramid is also a 3d ideogram...add back the mirrors missing from the super pyramid + you have VOLCANIC MIRROR the science of super volcanoes + volcanic solar reflectivity "aerosols" cools earth + saves from solar flare...They sent visual message because they knew not what language the future would speak but we would all SEE the same...ANY languages, lands, nationalities can SEE the messages...google easter island ring of fire...or see my fb pages or youtube vids....PROOF? you can SEE them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjZ3dGmnk3c    ty  judith woolworth donahue