Sunday, July 08, 2007

Moai, Eco-destruction, Brief History of Rapa Nui

How did Easter Island's ancient statues lead to the destruction of an entire ecosystem?
By By Steve Connor
Published: 04 July 2007

The giant stone statues of Easter Island have perplexed generations of archaeologists, engineers and scholars. Ever since European explorers first set eyes on them three centuries ago these carvings have presented a problem. How could the island's primitive inhabitants have erected such massive edifices – each weighing many tons – without the help of wheels, cranes, machines, metal tools or draft animals?

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