Mysterious Monuments: Easter Island
Nothing says weird like giant 80-ton stone heads on a completely treeless island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, amid currents that would have made said island really hard to stumble across. But this mysterious monument is Easter Island (or Rapa Nui as it is properly named), and its inhabitants originally arrived from Polynesia. These heads are called moai, and were built from the island’s stone quarries and moved to their posts looking inland. The moai are believed to represent tribal ancestors and they were all tipped on their faces during conflict among the tribes. They were likely moved using techniques incorporating tree logs, but the island was treeless by the time European explorers arrived. Running out of such resources may have played a part in those conflicts.