“The statues walked,” Easter Islanders say. Archaeologists are still trying to figure out how—and whether their story is a cautionary tale of environmental disaster or a celebration of human ingenuity.
Researchers Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo test a new theory that suggests how ancient Easter Islanders may have used ropes to “walk” the moai to their platforms. Mystery of Easter Island, a new NOVA-National Geographic special, airs Wednesday, November 7, at 9 p.m. ET on PBS. Check your local listings.
Edited from Easter Island