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The significance of Easter Island’s mysterious Moai, that are standing in for the remote control on a Polynesian island for hundreds of years, has long been a source of interest for researchers in the field.
Carver, in the ancient Rapa Nui is made up of the nearly 1,000 Moai on the orders of the ruling class, because it is assumed that the images would lead to agricultural fertility, and the critical supply of food, according to a new study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science.
According to Jo Anne Van Tilburg and her colleagues believe they have found evidence of the previously hypothesized meaning through an examination of two of the Moai were excavated for more than five years ago, at the Rano Raraku quarry, on the island’s east side.
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The view from the downslope of two of the Moai during the excavations by Jo Anne Van Tilburg and her team at the Rano Raraku quarry, Rapa Nui.
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“Our excavation will broaden the perspective of the Moai, and it encourages us to realize that there is nothing, as for the hand, it is exactly what it looks like. I believe that our new analysis, humanizes the process of production of the Moai, From Tilburg in the netherlands, who has worked on the island for 30 years, said in a statement.
Their study also showed that, in addition to, those of stone and cutting of statues, Rano Raraku was the site of a productive agricultural area.
Van Tilburg and her team have estimated that in the pictures of the inside of the quarry site have been raised by or on behalf of, A. D. 1510 A. D., 1645. Most of the production of the Moai had to be stopped due to the early 1700’s, due to Western contact.
“This study will radically change the notion that all the still images in the Rano Raraku and were just awaiting transport out of the mine,” Van Tilburg said. “That is, in this respect, and, most likely, the other an upright Moai at Rano Raraku have been kept in place to ensure the sacred nature of the plant itself. The Moai, were in the centre of the idea of fertility in Rapanui beliefs, their presence has stimulated the agricultural sector.”
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Hoa Hakananai’a from Orongo, easter island (Rapa Nui).
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This remote island in the Pacific ocean, located more than 2,000 miles off the coast of Chile, it is still a source of fascination for historians. By 2018, the researchers, including experts from Binghamton University, worked out how the ancient inhabitants were able to place the massive stones of the hats in the pictures.
Earlier this year, in fact, an international team of experts use spatial modeling to identify the relationship between the construction of the ahu, the platforms on which the Moai rest on, and the natural resources on easter island. They found that the ahu were built in the vicinity of fresh water resources, which are limited on the island.
In 1995, UNESCO named easter island a World Heritage Site, is the most sacred areas are protected within the Rapa Nui National Park.
Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this report.