Archaeologists Uncover New Findings On Easter Island

rapanuimoaiTwo British archaeologists, Dr. Colin Richars and Dr. Sue Hamilton, have discovered a site where the ancient Rapa Nui obtained the red scoria rock to create “hats” atop the famous statues (also known as “moai”) on the island.

“The team examined the way the hats, each weighing several tons and made of red scoria, a volcanic rock like pumice, were moved by Polynesians between 500 and 750 years ago.

They were placed on the heads of carved stone human figures known as moai which stand on ceremonial platforms which encircle the island’s coastline. The way the hats were raised and attached is unknown.” (via The Daily Mail)

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