How Were the Mysterious Easter Island Statues Moved?

The moais at Ahu Akivi. These are special as they actually look

The world’s most remote inhabited island, Easter Island, is also one of the world’s most mysterious places.

Easter Island is famous for its 887 massive statues, called moai, created more than 500 years ago by island locals. These hand-carved statues each measure more than 13 feet high and, amazingly, each of the mammoth statues weigh about 14 tons. They had to meticulously carve the statues at a stone quarry, and transport them to an ideal spot for display.

Which begs the question. How did the ancient civilization move the mega-heavy statues without the use of pulleys, levers or wheels of any any sort?

The notion may not seem like a big deal in 2018, but we’re spoiled with advances like automobiles, boats and even carts. So, the mystery has stood for hundreds of years… until now.

A pair of scientists recently discovered that the islanders probably used good old-fashioned “manpower” to move the massive statues across the island from the quarry to their final resting place. It was suggested that with three sturdy, strong ropes and some extensive planning, it would have been possible for a large group of people (20) to move moai statue several hundred yards.

Check out the video proof of the scientists testing their theory below.



  1. He commented on this before and had a contest to see ideas on how to move it efficiently and I won with my idea I would think he’d do that again.

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