Why were the Moai statues carved?
Archaeologists suggest that the Moai statues were symbols of power and authority.
Religious and political influences may also have contributed to the manner and construction of the rock monoliths. Almost all the Moai statues face inland opposed to out. Only 7 were first discovered facing the ocean as to greet visitors. The heads were first carved in the rock face then transported on stone sleds call "ahu". One unfinished carving would have been 30 feet tall when completed with an approximate weight of 270 tonne. READ MORE