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Easter Island moai statues. Source: 16to9foto / Adobe Stock.

Scientists Make Easter Island Moai Statue Walk (Video)


Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, is a remote and mysterious island in the Pacific Ocean that has long captured the imagination of people around the world. The island is home to the famous moai statues, massive figures carved by the island's ancient inhabitants. These statues weigh around 14 tons on average but can weigh up to 75 tons. Which raises the question, how on earth did the Easter Islanders transport these massive statues?

In a recent discovery, scientists have found a way to make one of these stone giants walk, using a unique technique that involves shifting and tilting the statue's base while using ropes and pulleys to move it forward. The discovery has created a buzz among experts and the public alike, as it offers a new understanding of the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the people who created these enigmatic statues. It also provides a glimpse into the rich cultural history of Easter Island, a place that continues to reveal its secrets and captivate people's imaginations.

Top image: Easter Island moai statues. Source: 16to9foto / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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