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Moai - The Easter Island statues


Easter Island lies in a remote part of the eastern Pacific Ocean.  it was named by a Dutch admiral, Jacob Roggeveen, who became the first European to visit the island when he landed on Easter Sunday, 1722.

He discovered that the island was full of huge, long-eared statues, some of them almost eight metres tall, standing in rows on stone platforms.  Historians have dated the first of the big statues to AD 1100 and suggest that the people who carved them were all killed by the ancestors of those who know live on Easter Island.

Adams, Simon, (1991), Man-made wonders, RD Press, Oxford, pp.20-21.
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  • O'Neill, Richard, (1993), 'Riddle of the stone giants', Strange world: an exploration of terrestrial and extra-terrestrial enigmas, Grange Books, Godalming, Surrey, pp. 54-55.

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