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06-21-2012, 02:55 PM
Easter Island’s giant statues were “walked” to their locations, according to two scientists.

The startling claim comes from archaeologists Terry Hunt of the University of Hawaii and Carl Lipo of California State University Long Beach, who showed how as few as 18 people could move a 5-ton statue with just some ropes and hopes.

It sounds impossible, and contradicts other current theories. But it jibes with ancient village legends.

“The experts can say whatever they want,” 25-year-old Rapa Nui resident Suri Tuki told National Geographic. “But we know the truth. The statues walked.”

Some have suggested the 887 giant heads currently documented on the 63-square mile in the middle of the Pacific Ocean were built by stranded extraterrestrials, such as best-selling Swiss author Erich von Daniken. Others theorize the Peruvian Incas carved them. Modern science links them instead to Polynesia -- but how these peoples moved the heads from the quarry across miles of rocky island had remained a mystery.

'We know the truth. The statues walked.'

- 25-year-old Rapa Nui resident Suri Tuki

Scientists may have just discovered how.

In experiments conducted last year and funded by the National Geographic Society, Hunt and Lipo showed just how to do it. With three strong ropes and a bit of practice, the magazine writes, this many people can easily maneuver a 10-foot, 5-ton “moai” replica a few hundred yards. The fat bellies of the statues were essential to this mobility, the argument goes, helping them maintain momentum, while they were rocked from side to side via a rope around the statue's head.

The real statues were moved potentially for miles, but the demonstration shows the rock and roll technique could be the answer.

Images of the stunt from the July edition of National Geographic magazine show just how it happened; the full story is published in a book by Lipo and Hunt titled “The Statues That Walked.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/06/21/did-easter-island-statues-walk-or-rock-and-roll/?intcmp=features#ixzz1ySnJtFF1

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mr. tegu
06-21-2012, 02:59 PM
They published a whole book about how they walked. I always wonder on such obscure topics how many copies they actually sell.

06-21-2012, 02:59 PM
That one is cut in half. What kind of scientists are these?

06-21-2012, 02:59 PM

06-21-2012, 03:11 PM
Forearm forklift!

Hammock Parties
06-21-2012, 03:18 PM

06-21-2012, 03:20 PM
Von Miller could move one of those by himself /magichef and KnowMo

06-21-2012, 03:39 PM
That was kinda creepy looking.