Scientists Finally Discovered the Truth About Easter Island

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For many decades people's minds have been occupied with the mystery of Easter Island a

remote piece of volcanic soil far away in the Pacific Ocean

but our planet hosts thousands of such Lonely Island's

What is so particular about this one the mystery is concealed not on the island itself?

But the giant stone statues covering it who created the world-famous huge stone heads

Did they serve any specific purpose?

Where did their creators arrive from and where did they disappear?

Well, it seems the answer is finally just around the corner watch this video and satisfy your curiosity

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What do we know about the island itself?

Rapanui which is the name given to Easter Island by its first?

Inhabitants is the territory of Chile and is situated in the southern pacific ocean?

And it is so so far that you can easily consider it one of the most distant places on the world's map

It lies

1,200 miles away from Pitcairn which is its closest neighbor?

Chile itself is

2,300 miles away to the west the only transport that can take you there is a plane

If you want to get to this destination point you will need to spend five hours on board flying from Santiago Chile to Easter Island

The area of the island is just 63 square miles and such let's admit a tiny territory is home to

887 huge stone statues

Here are some interesting facts you might not know about them

The statues carry the name boy, they started to be carved at some point between the 13th and 15th centuries

Rapanui statues are easily recognized. Thanks to the peculiar faces

They have long noses wide Chin's

Rectangular ears heavy brows and deeply set eyes

It is quite curious that the nostrils curl in the way fishhooks do

Firstly people thought that the statues were made up only by their heads

But surprisingly it turned out that there are full bodies that are attached to that

It was discovered during excavations in May 2012 the bodies were just hidden underground

In fact the statues are very tall the biggest one is 33 feet tall and weighs 90 us tonnes

But that's not the record once that you unearthed on the island was incomplete

but according to scientific calculations it had to reach 70 feet in height and weigh about

297 US tonnes

Still the heads of the statues visible from the first site make up 3/8 of each statue size as

For the arms they were carved against the bodies resting in different positions

Most statues

834 out of

887 were carved from the material called tough, which is in fact compressed volcanic ash

Curiously all the statues except one group face inland it means their backs are turned to the ocean

Perhaps the reason for that was the belief that the statues were the protectors of the villagers

That's why they overlooked the settlement

The only statues not fitting into this pattern can be found at a looook Evy a sacred place for the people of Rapa Nui

There is a unique statue on the island it is the only statue which was found in a kneeling position

It's name is to Kotori

Scientists believe that the statue depicts an ancient singer his position resembles the one people took at the festival of rui

The head of the statue is lifted quite high and you can even notice a beard

To Kotori looks much more human-like than the other statues

It's smaller size and the unusual

Material the statue is made of red Puna puah stone are the things that make it stand out among the rest

All these facts are quite intriguing right keep watching there are several mysteries to unravel

People keep wondering how the statues of such huge weight have been distributed all around the island

What is more when Europeans first arrived at the island in 1722?

They found a small local population just between one and a half and three thousand people

How could it correlate with the hundreds of statues on the island?

Surely there had been numerous theories about how the statues had been moved

One of the most popular ones among the lovers of mysteries was the belief that the statues have been created and moved by aliens

But even if you like this theory we are sorry to debunk it the stone the statues were built from originates from the island itself

the birthplace of most of the material was an extinct volcano

Situated in the northeast of Easter Island and not another planet

The mystery surrounding the way Rapa Nui people could move the statues

challenged the researchers not letting them back off in the 80s some of them decided to recreate a statue and check the

possibility of moving it around

They were to use only the tools that could be available for the Aborigines. It seemed impossible to do

But a bit later an American archaeologist succeeded in moving a ten US ton copy

Several decades passed and another group of American

Scientists proved that the Islanders could tie ropes and circling the huge statues and move them with a walking motion

They backed up their theory with practice moving a full-sized replica for three hundred and thirty feet using this method

Actually their idea can explain why

Rapanui folklore states that the statues were walking with the help of magic it explains the way the statues were

transported to their designated places

But what about the remaining question? How could a handful of inhabitants create such magnificent and numerous monuments a?

New study has been conducted recently to specify the maximum number of the inhabitants in the heyday of the islands

Civilization the results arrived and they were quite unexpected it turned out that as many as seventeen and a half

thousand people could comfortably live on the island at

Least 19 percent of the land could be covered with the fields of sweet potatoes that used to be the main source of food for

The population what is more the Islanders consumed quite a lot of seafood and fish?

So knowing these numbers you can see that there were enough people to create the stone masterpieces

But what happened to them why did they disappear?

At first it was believed that the reason for such a decrease of the population was an eco side

the natives cut out large forests and palm trees making spare room for moving the statues around as well as

Agriculture they thought the trees were going to grow back fast enough. It was a misleading concept the deterioration of the environment

Resulted in hunger and this in turn led to Wars and cannibalism

Nowadays however such a theory has been proven wrong

first of all Rapa Nui inhabitants seem to be very talented

agricultural engineers

They deliberately fertilized the fields with the volcanic rock in

Fact another research has shown that people had been living on the island for many centuries and the population only

Started to decrease when Europeans began visiting

So a much more realistic explanation is also very tragic South American raids in the pursuit of slaves

frequented the island throughout the nineteenth century

Half of the Aborigines were taken away

What is more European traders brought to the island new diseases?

which the locals hadn't been protected from and

introduced in forced

Migration it. Led to the fatal decline of the nation that presented the world with such a miracle as the mystery of Easter Island

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