27 June 2012, 05:16

Easter Island statues rocked?

NEW YORK. June 27. KAZINFORM For centuries, scientists have tried to solve the mystery of how the colossal stone statues of Easter Island moved. Now there's a new theory-and it rocks.

The multiton behemoths traveled up to 11 miles (18 kilometers) from the quarry where most of them were carved, without the benefit of wheels, cranes, or even large animals.

Scientists have tested many ideas in the past, figuring that the islanders must have used a combination of log rollers, ropes, and wooden sledges. Now a pair of archaeologists have come up with a new theory: Perhaps the statues, known as moai, were "engineered to move" upright in a rocking motion, using only manpower and rope.

Terry Hunt of the University of Hawaii and Carl Lipo of California State University Long Beach have worked closely with archaeologist Sergio Rapu, who's part of the South Pacific island's population of indigenous Rapanui, to develop their idea. They've observed that fat bellies allowed the statues to be tilted forward easily, and heavy, D-shaped bases could have allowed handlers to roll and rock the moai side to side, National Georgraphic says.

Last year, in experiments funded by the National Geographic Society's Expeditions Council, Hunt and Lipo showed that as few as 18 people could, with three strong ropes and a bit of practice, easily and relatively quickly maneuver a ten-foot (three-meter), five-ton moai replica a few hundred yards (a few hundred meters). No logs were required.

Full story

Did you find a mistake? Highlight it and click CTRL+ENTER

Read also

Sweden unveils newest ice hotel

STOCKHOLM. KAZINFORM - As winter looms on northern horizons, Sweden's Icehotel is making its comeback.

User name:
Enter code:*


Popular

MFA verifies if there're Kazakhstanis among victims of deadly earthquake in Italy
Kazakhstan to support duty-free import of Fiat cars from Serbia to EEU
Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to sign Marcel Tisserand from Monaco?
10-foot snake on the loose in small Maine town; locals name it 'Wessie'
KZT 10 mln certificate presented to bronze medal winner of Rio Olympics Karina Goricheva
Nursultan Nazarbayev pays official visit to Serbia
Serbia is our main partner in the Balkans – Nazarbayev
Turkish parliament approves normalization deal with Israel

ANKARA. KAZINFORM - The Turkish parliament on Saturday approved the normalization deal reached with Israel last month, ending a six-year rift and paving the way for the restoration of full diplomatic ties, Daily Sabah reported.    

Commented articles