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    Easter Island discovery sends archaeologists back to drawing board

    Archaeologists have disproved the 50-year-old theory underpinning our understanding of how the famous stone statues were moved around Easter Island

    Archaeologists have disproved the fifty-year-old theory underpinning our understanding of how the famous stone statues were moved around Easter Island.

    Fieldwork led by researchers at University College London and The University of Manchester, has shown the remote Pacific island's ancient road system was primarily ceremonial and not solely built for transportation of the figures.

    A complex network of roads up to 800-years-old crisscross the Island between the hat and statue quarries and the coastal areas.

    Laying alongside the roads are dozens of the statues- or moai.

    The find will create controversy among the many archaeologists who have dedicated years to finding out exactly how the moai were moved, ever since Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl first published his theory in 1958.

    Heyerdahl and subsequent researchers believed that statues he found lying on their backs and faces near the roads were abandoned during transportation by the ancient Polynesians.

    But his theory has been completely rejected by the team led by Manchester's Dr Colin Richards and UCL's Dr Sue Hamilton.

    Instead, their discovery of stone platforms associated with each fallen moai - using specialist 'geophysical survey' equipment – finally confirms a little known 1914 theory of British archaeologist Katherine Routledge that the routes were primarily ceremonial avenues.

    The statues, say the Manchester and UCL team just back from the island, merely toppled from the platforms with the passage of time.

    "The truth of the matter is, we will never know how the statues were moved," said Dr Richards.
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    It sounds like someone's overstating their case. Even if the roads were used ceremonially, that doesn't mean they weren't used during transport of the statues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiberias View Post
    It sounds like someone's overstating their case. Even if the roads were used ceremonially, that doesn't mean they weren't used during transport of the statues.
    Exactly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiberias View Post
    It sounds like someone's overstating their case. Even if the roads were used ceremonially, that doesn't mean they weren't used during transport of the statues.
    Of course they are. Scientists publish to peer-reviewed journals then go to the media. Hacks go to the media first and then maybe, if ever, publish to peer-reviewed journals.

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    They were not moved & they were not intended to be moved. They was built where they lay. This was used only as a cerimonial place for there kings or religion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omar View Post
    They were not moved & they were not intended to be moved. They was built where they lay. This was used only as a cerimonial place for there kings or religion.
    Are you channeling ?

    Because I find it hard to believe you are old enough to have been there and seen it. At least and still remember!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiberias View Post
    It sounds like someone's overstating their case. Even if the roads were used ceremonially, that doesn't mean they weren't used during transport of the statues.
    Moving the statues may even have been a ceremonial event itself.





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    Quote Originally Posted by HetHert View Post
    Moving the statues may even have been a ceremonial event itself.
    I agree.

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    The "moai" stone heads are fascinating. They are huge stone megalith type statues all over the island itself. They are said to be ancestors of the original Easter Island people.

    Most of that island's knowledge as well as secrets of the stones have gone.

    We have to rely on science to look for possible answers.
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