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Easter Island New Archaeology Discovery

Archaeologists found new meaning on the famous statues on Easter Island.

Easter Island is situated on the Eastern most inhabited island of Polynesia and 3700 kilometres from the coast of South America is one of the most celebrated archaeological sites in the world.

The island was first visited by Jacob Roggeveen, a Dutch mariner on the Easter Sunday of 1722. Easter Island was also been visited by Captain Cook in 1774. He was wondered about the techniques to construct the Moai and the origin of them. He recorded and left precious information about the islanders. However the first thorough research of the island was carrying out by Katherine Routledge. She spent seventeen months on the island conducting the study of the quarry and surveys on the island. She even went into interviewing the local elders for information.

The gigantic and impressive workmanship of Easter Island’s Moai has mesmerizing the world for ages. Why does it build? Who build it? How do they build it? All these questions have sparked for centuries but without adamant answers.

The Moai that has a significant meaning to the Polynesians spiritually and culturally has more secret to be revealed. It was believed the Moai was carved between 1200 to 1600AD by the Polynesians.

Previously thought the statues were being tolled from the island’s quarry to build these magnificent icons. The rock was the products of the extinct volcano in the island. Throughout the years, researchers are still baffling with the methods of moving the giant rock to the stone platforms or called Ahu along the coast line. The statues were also known to be the burial sites for the ancestors of the Polynesians on the island.

In latest research, archaeologist discovered a ceremonial route in the island which believed to the road for people to move towards the quarry. It was previously thought to be the road for the moving rock to transport to Ahu. Aerial photographs were studies by a team of British archaeologist led by Sue Hamilton of University College London who was involved in the studies said the evidence showed the routes were not only for the people to moving forward instead of away from the quarry.

A geophysical study was also carrying out by the team next to the roads. The researchers discovered an electrical current passing through the ground with density features like rock. This finding proved the island’s routes have a large number of platforms lining up along the way.

This finding revealed that the statues were not deserted. They were originally stood on the Ahu and facing opposite of the quarry. The 1000 statues on the island which were found on the extinct volcanoes were considered to be represented the ancestors’ spirit to the underworld.

According to Hamilton, this discovery might even shed more light on the quantities of the statues in the island. She would not be surprised to uncover more statues on the quarry with more research.

 

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