When were the Easter Island Statues BuiltSo when were the Easter Islands built?
The mystery behind the giant rock faces on Easter Island (part of Chile) has been mysterious for hundreds of years. Where' re the Moais from? Several of the puzzles seemed to have been resolved 50 years ago: The Moais were long thought to be carried on the island's roads.
By 2010, the scientists had discovered that the 800-year-old streets were totally unsuited for the transport of large bricks. However, also Ufologues like Erik von Däniken (82) were interested in the island. He' s sure extraterrestrials ended up on the island leaving the rockfaces. Easter Island - known to the natives as Rape Nui - is situated in isolation in the midst of the Pacific Ocean.
Chile's coast line is exactly 3833km and to the "neighbouring island" Pitcairn 2078km. The island is part of Polynesia. Nowadays, almost nothing is growing on Easter Island. Aborigines - the Rapanui - must have led a good one. Some were brought to Peru by the Spaniards as servants.
Supporters of this Easter Island theories talk of an ecozid - the populace has ruined its own livelihood by ruthless felling of plants. After the Europeans arrived, the natives were wiped out by imported illnesses, attacks and kidnappings and slavery. Moais and other Easter Island secrets have not yet been unravelled.
Presumably there were about 1000 Moais, in the meantime 887 were catalogued, some of them even discovered, so that we know it today: Moais aren't just headed above the floor. Huge body of the characters are hidden underneath. Today, most scientists believe that they are representing people with high levels of society and ancestry.
The characters were also intended to establish a link between the physical and hereafter. But even more enigmatic is a second Easter Island secret: the islanders had their own written tongue! Scripts were found on wood and stone tablets, which were packed like valuable treasure by the locals.
It is not known when the specimens were found. "Throughout their homes there are various hieroglyphically overlaid boards or bars. A lot of them were gathered and burnt in a systematic way. Much of the characters in the Rongorongo typeface are almost the same as the world-famous geoglyphic symbols in Peru - the Nasca Lineage.
They are so large that they were not spotted from the sky until 1924. Studies have shown that some of them originated as early as 800 BC. Their appearance on Easter Island tables at a distance of several thousand kilometres makes them even more mystifying.