posted on Nov, 1 2012 @ 04:15 PM
This experiment was carried out on Hawaii, and like Easter Island, it's a volcanic land mass. So as far as terrain goes, it used a suitable
environment to simulate Easter Island. The size of the statue is closer to the smaller-sized Moai. From an experimenter's point of view, it should
scale up to the larger sized Moai with no problem. Why wouldn't it? It would only require longer ropes and more muscle, but the technique wouldn't
change. Remember the theory also takes into account the damaged and lost statues along the route from the quarry, and the oddity of their being
pitched forward on their faces, as opposed to lying flat on their backs. This fits the theory of their being upright and 'walked'. In fact if they
had been dragged or rolled, you wouldn't expect to see any
lost/abandoned statues along the quarry route.
Descriptions of Easter Island show the Moai range in height from 13 feet to 75. Much of the island is relatively flat;
Where the statues were placed on a slope, they could have laid them down and dragged or rolled on logs them down the hillside to their final resting
place letting gravity do the work.
Lot's of pictures of Moai The Statues and Rock Art
of Rapa Nui – Easter Island
One interesting aspect of the idea of 'walking' the statues, briefly touched on the article, is that the Rapanui
may have treated erecting
the Moai as a game, as opposed to some cultish worship practice. The authors (Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo) suggest that once the deforestation of the
island occurred - which many believe was due to the rats brought with the original settlers - that erecting the statues became a bond and common
effort designed to maintain social networks, "networks that allowed what must have been a small, closely related population to stay alive and work
cohesively." The Rapanui themselves have stated in their folklore the statues 'walked' into place.