Watch This: An Easter Island Statue Replica “Walks”

By Ashley P. Taylor | October 23, 2012 3:44 pm

In the video above, 18 people “walk” a 10-foot, 8,700-pound replica of an Easter Island statue along a Hawaiian road by tipping it back and forth (and yelling “heave ho,” of course). They are testing the theory, put forth by archeologists Carl Lipo and Terry Hunt, that this is how the Easter Islanders transported their statues from the quarry where they were carved, a water-filled crater of an extinct volcano,  to their final positions. (Others think the islanders rolled the statues horizontally along on logs.) The reenactment, of sorts, is described in a recent paper.

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  • Brian Too

    With the ropes in place, the statue looks like a recreation of the Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil monkeys. Maybe Touch No Evil too!

  • Joe

    The Easter Island statues were moved on paved roads? I had no clue. The statue used in this video is the scale of the very smallest statues on the island to boot.
    Let’s see these guys use this technique with one of the many statues that are 5 or 10 times the size of the one in the video, Many of which are all over the island,and do it off of the road. It isn’t going to happen.
    Keep up the critical thinking and trying to figure out how it could have been possible with premative means.

  • http://graygoosegosling.wordpress.com Craig Gosling

    What a fantastic experiment! Congratulations to all. Can they do it up and down hill and over rough terrain?

  • Jumblepudding

    so that theory about them sliding the statues along a path covered in banana paste I read about years ago didn’t pan out? (yes somebody proposed that.)

  • Mamabear Cherei

    OMG!!!!!!! That was fantastic!! WOW! Can’t wait to read the formal paper as well! Kudos!

  • Dan

    They are doing it on pavement. Is there any evidence the Easter Islanders hat the technology to pave a path? Craig Gosling’s question is also relevant.

  • Pippa

    The Easter Islanders always said that the statues had walked there – - -

  • Jiri Polivka

    In fact, upon invitation by Mr. Heyerdahl (of Kon-Tiki fame), Mr. Pavel Pavel, a Czechoslovak inventor, has demonstrated the “dancing” statues on Easter Island, in ~1986.

    So the “theorists” listed above only copied Mr. Pavel’s idea while Mr. Pavel and nobody else deserves to be celebrated for his idea.

  • Joi Ellis

    Paved road? That is clearly DIRT. There is grass and weeds growing in it, and it is mounded in the middle from rutting, and the statue is leaving a rut of its own, clearly visible.

    That is NOT pavement. Even if it was, that is not beyond the ability of an ancient civilization. Romans created a network of paved roads, remember?

    Statue size doesn’t matter either. You just need a larger group of people to make it move.

  • Iceni

    Wow! Well done, and of course bigger statues, many more people than are shown here.
    Maybe they watered and packed the roads, could have rolled them over rough bits, or down hill. Do anything when you have a religious,or celebebratory reason.
    May not have happened like this, but certainly shows it could.

  • SunnyD

    Yeah this is just a waste of time. It’s not even plausible that this was the method was used for all the statues, especially the larger ones. And it doesn’t even explain how they were sent across water. Why is this in the news?

  • Russ

    It certainly doesn’t look like pavement to me, much more like packed dirt, especially by the trail the statue leaves and the mud getting stuck on the bottom.

  • Davis

    Exactly, this is obviously not a paved road. Not sure why a couple of commenters above suggested otherwise.

  • David_42

    I agree with Russ, it’s packed dirt. There’s also a ridge down the middle that you’d never see on a paved road. As far as it being applied to larger ones, all it takes is more people.

  • Bijaz

    Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down!

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