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  •  That's interesting. Did you see the (0+ / 0-)

    theory/demo recently where the idea is that they stood the moai up and walked them from quarry to the coast?

    Scientists Make Easter Island Statue Walkhttp://www.youtube.com/...

    Thanks for the link.

    •  No I didn't .... That's BRILLIANT ... (1+ / 0-)
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      and  ... I don't see why the Rapanui couldn't  have figured that technique out at some point ...  

      Of course the "Hats" would have still needed sledges, sabots, or rollers ...

      And the question remains whether they would have felt that the most cost-effective way of getting moai from quarry to shore would have been to grade and level a road.  Would such a road have been visible 150 years later?  Would Europeans taken note if it had been?

      And then, there's the question of the Ahu ... the  stone platforms some of which held moai.  Apparently the largest stones used in building these things were about 7 tons -- and there were a lot of them.

      Also "walked" ?

      And then there is the tradition that Merlin "danced" the stones of Stonehenge into position.  We assume  that meant something along the lines of "music was used to coordinate the workers" who dragged the plinths into place.

      But 'what if' ?

      Thanks for the link:  fascinating !

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