May 27, 2012 16:37
Robust image mysterious statues-heads on Easter Island has long rebelled and entrenched in the public consciousness.
That is why it is simply a shock discovery scientists who discovered that the head is not all the statues, and that their bulk is in the ground, sinking a few meters.
In the new study on Easter Island, archaeologists conducted a thorough excavation of two of the more than 1,000 statues discovered on the island in an attempt to uncover the secrets of the mysterious stone structures and the people who created them.
During excavation of the scientists also found a large amount of red pigment, which could be used to paint statues.
Project manager Jo Anne Van Tilburg said that at the time were completely excavated torsos of two 7-foot statues. As a result, not only scientists, but hundreds, perhaps thousands of tourists visiting the island, were surprised to learn that the statues of Easter Island is a body!
During the excavation, scientists have discovered many new things about the methods of the ancient art.
The statues were not intentionally buried in mud and rubble, they just drifted over time. The statues were built here and were brought from other places, as some scientists had previously thought. Each statue stands on a stone slab. In addition, rope, stones and various types of stone tools were used to cut and lift the statue upright.
Perhaps ancient people sailed to the island in the canoe, he traveled through the water about 2,500 km long. By the time the Europeans discovered the island in the 1700s, the population is wiped out almost all of the trees on the island to create statues, which led to a domino effect and the impact on the ecology of the island, with the result that local populations have declined.
However, the most interesting finding is the symbol of the crescent carved on the plate under one of the statues, which, according to scientists, represents a canoe or waka.
Backs are covered with petroglyphs, statues, many of which are also referred waka. Now, experts are looking for a direct link between the symbol waka and those who created these statues.