Mysterious Statues Easter island mystery of the moai statues

About The Author

Hi! My name is Meghan. A little about me, I have a dog named Bailey that smiles and shes a golden doodle I also have a sister named Bri. I love gymnastics I'm in level 6 and my state meet is actually in 10 days i'm so exited! Anyway, I'm actually am very interested in Easter Island I did a project on it a while back so I have a lot of back round knowledge already. I want to go to Easter Island because I've done so many projects on it and know so much it would be so interesting and fun! I'm going to talk to you about Easter Island and the Moai statues on this website. ENJOY!

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https://pixabay.com/en/rapa-nui-easter-island-rapa-nui-887350/

Theories

  • People believed aliens came down and dropped them in there places.
  • Some people believe that the Moai statues walked into there place. They walked and found “their resting place’’ is what some say"Some people believed that Moai were roped around there head and Rapa Nui people pulled them up into place and had a group on the bottom that stabled the statue. They used only man power and rope “To move each Moai, two groups may have rocked it side to side while a rear group kept it upright.” scientists have tested many ideas and the think that the Rapa Nui people used a combination of log rollers, ropes, and wooden sledges. Scientist observed that the fat belly's have made it easier to roll the Moai with a D shaped base. Scientist think that they only need as few 16-18 people with strong rope and a bit of practice to move the Moai."
  • People also believe that the Moai just walked to there place the got up and walked around until they found their ''resting place.''

Facts

  • “The greatest evidence for the rich culture developed by the original settlers of Rapa Nui and their descendants is the existence of nearly 900 giant stone statues that have been found in diverse locations around the island. Averaging 13 feet (4 meters) high, with a weight of 13 tons, these enormous stone busts–known as moai–were carved out of tuff (the light, porous rock formed by consolidated volcanic ash) and placed atop ceremonial stone platforms called ahus. It is still unknown precisely why these statues were constructed in such numbers and on such a scale, or how they were moved around the island.”
  • ‘’stating that the ancient roads on the island were the islanders’ main route of transport. As evidence, moai were found facedown or on their back next to these roads, perhaps abandoned during transport for unknown reasons.”
  • Easter island is very famous for their mystery and has 887 moai statues everywhere
  • The world is very fascinated by the creation and sizes as well as weight of these statues. The island had limited resources and no cattle or metals and very little drinking water. The island is very touristic place and the island is part of Chile
  • The moai have human characteristics and the remind us of our own families
  • The burying f the the statutes were not by man they were buried because of erosion
  • Rapa nui people we cabable of moving these statues up right and the found rope guides cut into the bedrock
  • It became part of Chile in 1888
  • Each statue represented a deceased head of an ancestor
  • Mostly all Moai are carved from volcanic ash
  • “The largest raised Moai is called "Paro". It weighs 82 tons and is 9.8 m (32.15 ft) tall. The average size of all the statues is 4m (13 ft) tall and 14 tons’’
  • Ahu are the stone platforms Moai sit on
  • The Moai are very famous it's amazing how the were built under the circumstances Easter Island was under they had very limited resources and the Moai were moved to their final destinations by many hills which is pretty amazing if you believe normal people did that.
  • The Moai are located on the Pacific Ocean but are considered part of Chile.
  • Native languages are very similar mostly Spanish though but very similar to Hawaiian and Tahitian
  • There climate is subtropical often windy especially at volcanic summits
  • People live in houses there with windows and doors an electricity is make by diesel engines
  • 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

Line of Moai

3 Moai middle one with hat

Close up Moai 2nd one with hat

Conclusion

I believe the Rapa Nui people roped the Moai statues and rocked them side to side to put them in there place. The Rapa Nui people were perfectly capable lifting a statue with rope and groups of people. Scientist believe that it only took 16-18 people do lift these heavy statues which is a small amount of people considering how much the Moai weigh. The statues weigh around 14 tons which is a lot! In conclusion I think the Rapa Nui people did move these statues to there spot in groups of people.

Picture sources

Moai with blue sky

Rope

Line of Moai

Moai heads in grass

https://pixabay.com/en/chile-easter-island-rapa-nui-moai-1463850/

Credits:

Created with images by myeviajes - "chile easter island rapa nui" • Erik Charlton - "Moai Highway" • huleroy0 - "rapa nui easter island" • Wolk9 - "easter island head faces" • PeterW1950 - "easter island ahu tongariki stone figures" • Ndecam - "Easter Island Ahu Tongariki" • marcogarciacba - "flower lis knot" • myeviajes - "chile easter island rapa nui" • Phillie Casablanca - "Moai" • huleroy0 - "rapa nui easter island" • myeviajes - "chile easter island rapa nui"

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