Easter Island? Statues? Why?

Learn about the secrets that are hidden in this island!

Who discovered this land?

"On Easter Sunday, 1722, the Dutch Admiral, Jacob Roggeveen and his crew accidentally discovered an uncharted island in the mid-South Pacific."

Some even say European Explorers discovered this island, but either way, what was to be found was horrific:

  • Bones were scattered
  • No life sign anywhere
  • Massive statues were surrounding the island (moai)

Polynesians lived on this land. They settled here and about 800 years after, the population grew to about 20,000! They lived big and began over-using the resources, (a supply of assets). After they started feasting on the riches of the island, the Polynesians showed their appreciation for their good fortune by building and carving massive statues.

After these statues were put on platforms and placed where the Polynesians wanted them to go, the Polynesians started running out of their resources.They used all the trees for canoes, but ran out so they couldn't fish and they ate all of the land animals to extinction, so they started starving. What could these Natives do? Eat each other.

"Unable to construct fishing canoes and running out of food on land, the inhabitants of Easter Island turned to cannibalism (the eating of the same species) ."

The destruction of its own kind is not the only thing that makes Easter Island famous. The Polynesians ceremonial shrines and photographic writing is very well known. The houses were decorated with very interesting writing on the walls.



This is a picture of Moai statues that were carved and built by Polynesians (the Natives).


"Rock platforms had been strategically placed around the island, and on each stood the giant carved bust man with long ears and a red headpiece-the face of the statue looking towards the sea."

These statues were made from volcanic rock. "It is estimated that there are about 900 statues, more than 300 ceremonial platforms and thousand of structures revealed to agriculture, funeral rites, housing, and other types of activities."

Many people wondered how these replicas, (an exact copy or model of something) of humans were transported all the way from the middle of the island to the edges. Scientists think that Polynesians rolled the monuments on logs. Others say they rocked the giant rocks back and forth, with one group of men on one side, another group on the other side to rock too, and a group in the back to keep the statue steady.