posted on Oct, 23 2011 @ 12:16 PM
I recall seeing photos of excavated moai in Thor Heyerdahl's book Aku-Aku, which was published long before the advent of Photoshop. I'm not
even sure that the OP's photo is not from that book, though I don't have a copy handy, As to the need for shoring-up, it depends on the soil.
Having been raised in the loess/sugar-dirt area of western Missouri, I know that shoring is not always needed. Heyerdahl was told by those who still
knew, back in the fifties how the moai were carved, moved, and set up, but the OP quotes a source, something about the first British expedition since
1914 or so, glossing over Heyerdahl's expedition and work. He also had a good idea that the red "hats" were actually representations of hair
topknots, red in color like the hair color of the original inhabitants of the island. For those who find that racist, all I can say is that in the
past, everyone went everywhere, including white-skinned races. Europeans were never confined to a zoo enclosure named Europe, now were they?
Heyerdahl got a bum rap as a semi-Nazi, and I have concluded that it was out of professional envy and spite. This, because his books sold in large
numbers, he garnered fame and money, and he did not follow the rule that dictated that one stay within the confines of a narrow sub-field. He also
practiced hands-on, experimental archaeology, now more accepted, but it did not sit well back in the day with academics who were married to armchair