A new theory suggests that the giant stone heads might have been 'walked' upright along the roads.
Until now it was believed that the islanders would have rolled the giant moai statues in to position using logs, but now a new theory is taking hold suggesting that the statues could have been moved along the island's roads in an upright position. In a practical demonstration of the technique, a group of 18 people were able to move a stone head weighing 5 tons along a road using nothing more than a few pieces of rope.
The method may help explain why there are so many broken heads left at the roadside on Easter Island, it also helps to add some credence to the legendary tales of 'walking heads' on the island.
"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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