I don't buy it, but that's just my opinion. I neither completely doubt it either, though.
There are 887 Moai on the island. Some have long chests, some have shoulders, two even have legs. It is speculated that they might have been
constructed to bring homage to the dead deified ancestors of the Polynesians. "They are built of hard volcanic rock, no-one knows how they were
carved out and placed into position. The biggest moai is one that was unfinished. If it were completed, its size would have been 21 meters tall and up
to 270 tons."
I don't buy it because the island is small, the numbers exceed well over 100-200-500 monolithic carvings. If there were only 10 on the island, we
would still be astounded. They used their resources, and then died out as a result. Surely a civilization that was capable of such beautiful
petroglyphs and carvings would have had more sense? It just seems like an absolutely massive task. It's not there were was 50,000+ people living on
It is daunting to imagine a voyage to Easter Island from any direction, which would have taken a minimum of two weeks, covering several thousand miles
of seemingly endless ocean.
When Europeans first explored the Pacific and sailed from island to island, they noticed that the people of various islands, no matter how distant,
had similar customs. Inhabitants looked similar in appearance and they were often able to understand each other, even though they came from islands
thousands of miles apart.
These linguistic links point to a genealogical bond that ties the people of the Pacific to one another. Indeed, in 1994, DNA from 12 Easter Island
skeletons was found to be Polynesian.
"According to Thor Heyerdahl, people from a pre-Inca society took to the seas from Peru and voyaged east to west, sailing in the prevailing westerly
trade winds. He believes they may have been aided, in an El Niño year, when the course of the winds and currents may have hit Rapa Nui directly from
South America. In 1947, Heyerdahl himself showed that it was possible, at least in theory; using a balsa raft named Kon Tiki, he drifted 4,300
nautical miles for three months and finally ran aground on a reef near the Polynesian island of Puka Puka.
There is little data to support Heyerdahl. Dr. Jo Anne Van Tilburg, who is unconvinced by Heyerdahl's theory, notes that "all archaeological,
linguistic, and biological data" point to Polynesian origins in Southeast Asia."
Wall at Ahu Vinapu, Easter Island
Wall at Machu Picchu, Peru
So, how to explain the superb stonework? It may be that the Polynesians sailed as far as South America in their migratory explorations, and then, some
time later, turned around and returned to the south Pacific, carrying the sweet potato with them. Or perhaps there were visits from Peruvians who
brought the sweet potato and their skilled understanding of stone masonry with them.
"Graham Hancock points out that Ra, the name of the Egyptian sun god, appears frequently in connection with Easter Island’s sacred architecture,
its mythical past, and its cosmology. Raa means ‘sun’ in the island’s language. There were clans called Raa, Hitti-ra (sunrise), and Ura-o-Hehe
(red setting sun), the crater lakes are named Rano Kao, Rano Aroi, and Rano Raraku, and Ahu Ra’ai was aligned to two volcanic peaks to act as a
marker and observatory for the path of the sun on the December solstice."
"Katherine Routledge was taken to a northwest facing cave near Ahu Tahi and told it had been ‘a place where priests taught constellations and the
ways of the stars to apprentices’.
Near the eastern extremity of the Poike headland she was shown a large flat rock called papa ui hetu’u, or ‘rock where they watched the stars’,
incised with a spiral design. Nearby there is another engraved stone on which 10 cup-shaped depressions are visible, which are said to have
represented a star map.3
At Orongo, on the edge of Rano Kau crater, there are four small holes pecked through the bedrock just beside an ahu. Detailed observations at the
solstices and equinoxes showed that the four holes constituted a sun-observation device.
"An Easter Island legend about the god-king Hotu Matua says:
‘He came down from heaven to earth ... He came in the ship ...’"
Other noteworthy examples of exquisite craftsmanship are popoi pounders which, says Heyerdahl, "were so perfectly formed and balanced, with the
slender lines, graceful curves and high polish that our engineers refused to believe that such work possible without the modern lathe."