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NOVA: Mystery of Easter Island

A remote, bleak speck of rock in the middle of the Pacific, Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, has mystified the world ever since the first Europeans arrived in 1722. How and why did the ancient islanders build and move nearly 900 giant statues, or moai, weighing up to 86 tons? And how did they transform a presumed paradise into a treeless wasteland, bringing ruin upon their island and themselves? NOVA explores controversial recent claims that challenge decades of previous thinking about the islanders, who have been accused of everything from ecocide to cannibalism. Among the radical new theories is that the islanders used ropes to "walk" the statues upright, like moving a fridge. With the help of an accurate 15-ton replica statue, a NOVA team sets out to test this high-risk, seemingly unlikely theory -- serving up plenty of action and surprises in this fresh investigation of one of the ancient world's most intriguing enigmas.

Source: PBS


Episode Info


Episode number: 40x3
Production Number: 3914
Airdate: Wednesday November 07th, 2012

Director: (Unknown)
Writer: (Unknown)


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