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Scientists Say They Discovered A 300-Year-Old Mystery About The Hats On The Easter Island Statues

Monday 04/June/2018 - 10:43 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
After centuries of studying the statues on Easter Island، scientists believe that they finally know how the mysterious hats got on top of them، as The Technical Times.
Easter Island is located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of South America. The first settlers arrived there over a thousand years ago.
Europeans first discovered Easter Island when Jacob Roggeveen stepped foot on the island on Easter Day in 1722. The Europeans were perplexed about the famous monumental stone statues on the island that were up to 33 feet tall. They were also curious as to how 13-ton hats were placed on the heads at the top of the statues.
The statues are made from volcanic material from one quarry on the island and the hats were made out of red scoria from a different quarry on the island.
While scientists previously determined that the statues were moved to the locations with a walking and rocking motion، they weren't certain about how the hats got there.
One theory was that the hats were moved and placed on the statues in a sliding motion. Scientists from Pennsylvania State University searched for indentations on the hats that would fit the top of the statues. However، remnants of broken statues suggest that this was not the case at all.

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