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Tool study hints at complex Easter I. Society

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To better understand the society that fabricated the giant statues, the researchers took a detailed look at twenty one of about 1,600 toki made of basalt that had been recovered in the recent excavations of four statues in the inner region of the quarry Rano Raraku. About half of the tools recovered were fragments that suggested how they were used.

For the team, the goal was to gain a better understanding of how tool makers and statue carvers may have interacted, thus gaining insight into how the statue production industry functioned.

“We wanted to figure out where the raw materials used to manufacture the artifacts came from. We wanted to know if people were taking material from close to where they lived,” Dr. Dussubieux said.




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