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    Posted December 29, 2013 by

    Mystery of Easter Island finally solved?

    The key to the riddle of Easter Island was hidden in plain sight, but was not seen for long time. While we were all fixing our attention on giant statues – Moai -we forgot to pay enough attention to stone platforms they were standing on. And those platforms were the key to the riddle.

    Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocea called Easter Island, or Rapa Nui in the language of local Rapa Nui people, is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world. The nearest inhabited land is Central Chile, at 3.512 kilometers (2.182 mi).

    Official archaeology says that Polynesian people arrived in their canoes to Easter Islands somewhere between 700 to 1100 CE.

    Indigenous peoples of Polynesia share common traits in language, customs and society. Recent maternal mitochondrial DNA analysis suggests that Polynesians, including Samoans, Tongans, Niueans, Cook Islanders, Tahitians, Hawaiians, Marquesans and Māori, are genetically linked to indigenous peoples of parts of Southeast Asia including those of Taiwanese aborigines. This DNA evidence is supported by linguistic and archaeological evidence.

    The early Polynesians were an adventurous seafaring people with highly developed navigation skills. They colonized previously unsettled islands by making very long canoe voyages, in some cases against the prevailing winds and tides. Their navigators steered by the sun and the stars, and by careful observations of clouds and bird flight patterns, were able to determine the existence and location of islands.

    Polynesians noted that clouds tend to be drawn to land in distinctive “V” formations. This cloud pattern is created by the reflection of heat radiated from the island. Many navigators also noted slight color changes in clouds over land, and were able to distinguish the land form from the color; a slight green indicated lagoon islands, bright clouds indicated sand, and dark clouds marked forested areas.

    As the Polynesians were ignorant of metallurgy, tools were made of wood, stone and animal products such as barracuda jaw, shark tooth, shell, sometimes even human bone. Official archaeology tells us that Rapa Nui people were using those tools to carve out of a volcanic rock gigantic 10 meters long statues weighting up to 90 tons. No metal tools were found anywhere on the Easter Island.

    I wonder if those archaeologists who claim it is possible to carve 90 tons block out of a rock with wood and bone tools ever tried to do it themselves. Polynesian seafaring and navigational abilities were really impressive and well studied and explained, but story of Rapa Nui cutting rock with bone tools is just a bad science.

    All Polynesian cultures had common traits, from the tools they were using to mythology, but nowhere else in Polynesia do we find any similar kind of stone masonry as we see on Easter Island. Conclusion is self evident – they didn't build those statues as they were clearly missing necessary technology to do it.

    Even more impressive than the giant Moai are the Ahu – stone platforms on which Moai are standing. Some ahu are quite small, but others are remarkable pieces of engineering, 150 m (500 ft) or more long and up to 7 m (23 ft) high. When I saw first photographs of a Ahu in an article about Easter Island, I was sure that the magazine editor made a mistake and used the wrong picture as those Ahu looked exactly as stone walls build by pre-Inca civilization in Peru.

    Large block of volcanic rocks were fitted together so perfectly that even a thin knife can be inserted between them. The only know location of identically built stone walls can be found in Peru, some 4.000 km away. According to official archaeology no contact was ever made between pre-Inka or Inka civilizations and Rapa Nui culture. We are supposed to believe that two totally separate, unrelated cultures started to build identical type walls made of large blocks of stone, each weighting many tons. It is simply not logical to believe that claim.

    We are expected to believe that culture ignorant of metallurgy cut out of solid block weighting up to 90 tons, transported them around the island and erected them on platforms made of perfectly fitting stone blocks weighting many tons. Highly unlikely.

    Beside the lack of technology there is another thing that indicate that Rapa Nui people wre not the authors of giant Moai statues is their attitude toward them. Rapa Nui were not the ones erecting them, they were actually investing lot of effort in toppling them down!

    First European discovering Rapa Nui was Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen. His ship arrived on Rapa Nui on Easter Sunday, 5 April 1722 (hence the name Easter Island). Roggeveen noted the “remarkable stone figures, a good 30 feet in height”.

    Almost half a century latter, in 1774, British explorer James Cook visited Easter Island and reported that some statues had fallen over. William Hodges, Cook’s artist, produced an oil painting of the island showing a number of moai, some of them with hat-shaped stone pukao (“topknots”). Hodges depicted most of the moai standing upright on ahu.

    In 1786, French explorer Jean François de Galaup La Pérouse reached the island, made a detailed map and wonderingly measured the statues. His artist, Gaspard Duché de Vancy, faced with a task to record such strange images, clearly failed, depicting the Moai with the facial features of white man.

    The last standing statues reported in 1838 by Abel Aubert Dupetit Thouars, and no upright statues by 1868, apart from the partially buried ones on the outer slopes of Rano Raraku.

    Is it possible that a culture would be spending hundreds of years to cut such giant statues, transport them around the island, erect them and then start toppling them down?

    I suggest drastically different scenario. Ahu and Moai were made by the same culture which build stone cities and monuments in Peru long, long time ago. Carbon dating confirmed several pre-Inca sites to be between 12.000 and 17.000 years old. At that time Ice Age still didn’t end and large amounts of water were trapped in 2-3 kilometers thick ice over northern Europe, North America and Siberia. Sea level was about 120 lower than today.

    If you look carefully on Google Maps you will see an underwater mountain chain between Easter Island and South America (see the picture below). My hypothesis says that an that time when famous stone structures were being erected on Eastern Island and in Peru, there was a land bridge, or at least a chain of islands connecting those two localities.

    I wish to travel there and do a thorough on site research. If you would be willing to join my expedition either as a sponsor or a fellow adventurer, let me know :)

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