Scientists Prove Easter Island Statues Could Walk

Posted by on Jun 23, 2012 in Video | No Comments


Previous theories on moai transportation were found prohibitively costly in terms of resources and manpower. Hunt and Lipo’s method, however, needed only 18 men and a bit of rope. With the statue secured from three sides with rope, the team rocked the statue back and forth, effectively “walking” it. Sergio Rapu, a Rapanui archaeologist, details how this is possible: Themoai‘s belly tilts it forward and its D-shaped base allows it to be rocked from side to side.

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