Easter Island is a remote Chilean Island in the Pacific Ocean with a mysterious past. 887 enormous stone heads speckle the 64 square miles of land. Standing at heights of three to 33 feet (one to 10 meters) and weighing in at roughly 13 tons apiece, the sheer size of the statues has fascinated scientists for centuries. Still, the biggest question has remained: how in the world did they get there?
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How Were Easter Island's Gigantic Statues Actually Carved?
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A single statue on Easter Island could have taken an average of two years to carve. 00:01
The Easter Island statues were likely carved laying down, the carvers chipping away the area on the back of the statues until they were resting on stone supports. 00:56
About one third of the one thousand statues on Easter Island made it to the coast. 03:03
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