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[Merged] Did Easter Island statues 'walk' ?

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#1    Saru

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:02 AM

A new theory suggests that the giant stone heads might have been 'walked' upright along the roads.

Fox News said:

The startling claim comes from archaeologists Terry Hunt of the University of Hawaii and Carl Lipo of California State University Long Beach, who showed how as few as 18 people could move a 5-ton statue with just some ropes and hopes.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:29 AM

I didn't even click on the link (yet) to read the article, but I already read that theory in a book, some 30 years ago.


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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:30 AM

View PostSaru, on 22 June 2012 - 09:02 AM, said:

A new theory suggests that the giant stone heads might have been 'walked' upright along the roads.
  Here we go again, was there any roads on Easter Island ?, when the statues were put there.They all seem to be on a hillside with not a road in sight..

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:36 AM

View PostAbramelin, on 22 June 2012 - 09:29 AM, said:

I didn't even click on the link (yet) to read the article, but I already read that theory in a book, some 30 years ago.

Here it is:

The Mysteries of Easter Island - Jean Michel Schwartz / 1975, chapter 6: "Transporting the Statues".


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Posted 22 June 2012 - 10:20 AM

may be in dream. or I read a mythology many years back where I read about a stone which have life in it. I just forget in which story I get that.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 01:03 PM

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     They did and we couldn't understand how they did it. How bad ?

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 01:14 PM

View Postspud the mackem, on 22 June 2012 - 09:30 AM, said:

Here we go again, was there any roads on Easter Island ?, when the statues were put there.They all seem to be on a hillside with not a road in sight..

What you fail to realize is over the years the statues have been buried by buildup of dirt and sand. If you took the island coast down to the level it was when they were placed there, you might find remnants of roads.


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Posted 22 June 2012 - 02:37 PM

This seems to be the most practical theory yet. Others theories such as the sled would be plausible until you place the Maui near the coast because the men pulling the sleds would have no where to stand. The rope theory works on multiple levels. You could walk the Maui to the coast without having people in the ocean and it also explains how they turned the Maui to face the island because when they moved them from the quarry they would face the ocean but they had to turn it to face the island.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 02:43 PM

It certainly seems the most plausible theory I've read anyway.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 10:24 PM

Great, after feeling like a fool after finding out the the heads had bodies (which was old news too many) I again feel a fool that I did not know this 'old news'.

Well the only thing I do remember about these heads was the myth that if you walked through their shadows you would die later that day. Can somebody please tell me if this was a true myth (as in people believed it not that it actually happened!!) or just something my father made up to scare me?

And before this becomes a thread full of 'oh this is old news', it may be old news to some but it is new news to those who did not know (like dumb-ass here).

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 11:29 PM

As time goes by we're probably going to find most of the ancient reports are exactly right.

However, I'm not totally convinced in this particular case.  After seeing a 5 ton statue take a few steps it certainly becomes possible.  With lots of practice people could get good at this.  In the meantime standing them back ofn their feet will prove a chore.  

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 11:31 PM

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 01:09 AM

i dont like this theory


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Posted 23 June 2012 - 02:43 AM

It seems plausible to me. Even I can easily move a 200 pound co2 cylinder by rolling it on the edges. The tricks of the trade are often lost over the years due to new technology and it's a sad thing.


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Posted 23 June 2012 - 06:12 AM

Seems feasible enough but then I also like Talking Heads






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