The Mystery of The Giant Stone Statues on Easter Island

Giant Stone Statues of Easter Island

Giant Stone Statues of Easter Island

Easter Island is located in the South Pacific Ocean, South America. This triangular shaped island is part of the Chile. This remote island is famous for its hundreds of giant stone statues shaped like a human head relics of the past. Even UNESCO has already put it in the world heritage site. What is the uniqueness of these giant stone statues?

The giant stone statues called Moai found first by Netherlands scientist, Jakob Roggeven in 1722. Archaeologist estimates the statue was made between year 1600 and 1730. The last statue reputedly created by Jakob himself. The statue was carved out of a monolithics, means one stone intact. The stone is said to come from volcanic craters that exist on the island.

The height of these Moai are between 3 – 7 meters. While it weighs are 30 – 50 tonnes. Besides its big and heavy, there are so many statues. Some say 600 statues, but there’s also say 887 statues.

Why is The Human Head?

Although many of the Moai carved in the shape of a human head, but there are also had a shoulder, arm and body parts. But, a lot of the Moai are buried for years. Many theories expressed about the origins of the Moai, but there is no certainty. It is said that the Moai were carved by the original inhabitants of Polynesia more than a thousand years ago. Moai are believed to represent the ancestral spirits or leading figures at the time. On some of the statues there are a hieroglyphic letters, but there has been no archaeologist can read the meaning of the writing.

The kind of magic is there are hundreds of statues existed along the coast of the island. The image of this condition seems like a keeper of the island. Then how these giant and heavy stone statues can spread far from its origin in the volcanic craters. The natives believe that the statue was moving on its own. But archaeologists found some theories. One of them is by using a simple wooden sled. There were also that said, perhaps used to be moved by way of a rolled out with a rope.

Now, the Easter Island has been one of the foreign tourist destinations because of the existence of these mysterious giant statues.




Vocabulary

statue

statue is a sculpture representing a human or animal

relic

relic is a fragment from the past; an antiquity that has survived from the distant past

heritage

heritage refers to practices or characteristics that are passed down through the years, from one generation to the next

archaeologist

archaeologist is a scientist who studies human history by digging up human remains and artifacts.

reputedly

by repute; according to general belief

carved

made for or formed by carving; cut into a desired shape

monolithic

monolithic is big, and made of one thing

intact

intact means it’s still in one piece

crater

crater is a bowl-shaped geological formation at the top of a volcano

buried

buried means placed in underneath of the ground

inhabitant

inhabitant is someone who usually lives in a specific place; Someone who usually lives in a specific place

ancestral

ancestral is inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent

hieroglyph

hieroglyph is a writing system using picture symbols; used in ancient Egypt

native

native is an indigenous person who was born in a particular place

sled

sled is a vehicle mounted on runners and pulled by horses or dogs; for transportation over snow

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