What are the Easter Island Statues?

On Easter Day in 1722, a Dutch admiral called Jacob Roggeveen landed on a grass-covered Island in the South Pacific. He named Easter Island and discovered it to be very strange place indeed. The island was more than 1,000 miles from the nearest inhabited land. There were over 2,000 natives living on the Island, and they were a dark Polynesian people. But the most curious thing of all was what this explorer saw on the Island.

All along the coast, but they were at scattered points inland. Many where found partially finished in the quarries where they had been carved. Primitive peoples all over the world have various art forms, usually connected with their religion, but nothing like this statues had ever been found anywhere else!

And the truth is, they still remain a mystery. How could these heavy figures, some of which weigh about 50 tonnes, be moved from the quarries to their places? What form of transportation could the primitive people have developed? 


No one knows! It is believed that the statues were probably connected with primitive religious practices and burial customs of the people. And many of the statues were purposely broken during native wars that took place on the island today cannot explain the meaning of the huge statues!

Today the Island is governed by Chile. Except for a small section reserved for the natives, the entire island it used for grazing cattle and sheep. The Island is about 13 miles long and 7 miles wide at its broadest points. 

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