Moai’s Walking Support: Hemp Rope?

Easter Island is a Chilean volcanic island located in Polynesia with a population of less than 6,000 people, and is famously known for its large human-figure statues that were mysteriously moved around the island. Archeologists finally put an end to how the statues were moved, but now we want to know what they were moved with.



Sometime between 800 – 1200 years ago, the statues in Easter Island known as Moai were sculpted and officially went down in history for its archeological sites. There are approximately 1,000 Moai statues around the island. The tallest statue that is still standing is recorded to be 33 feet tall and weighs 82 tons. The largest Moai that has never been raised is about 70 feet tall and weighs at least 250 tons. The answer everyone wanted to know was how the sculptors got the statues upright and standing. Over many years of research and testing, scientists and archeologists have come to the conclusion that the islanders used 3 ropes and walked the statues across the island.



In the picture below, you can see just how deep the Moai statues go. The reason they were found that deep was because of the accumulation of ground growth throughout the years. There are a lot of Moai’s lying around the island because once a statue fell down during the rocking and walking process, then they couldn’t get it back up due to it’s heavy weight, so they’d go walk another statue.



Recent research done by archeologists Carl Lipo and Terry Hunt at CSU Long Beach says that all the islanders needed to walk those statues were just 3 Hemp ropes tied to the top of the head. Hunt and Lipo constructed an experiment where a small number of people walked an exact replica of a Moai statue. Now the question is what kind of rope did the islanders use?



Some people believe that the Islanders and Lipo (in his experiment) used Hemp rope while moving the statues and it’s highly believable. Hemp rope is one of the strongest and most durable material to exist. People use hemp for practically anything ranging from pet toys or treats to clothing lines or garden ties.



A lot of people may find hemp rope overpriced, however it’s beneficial in so many ways; it’s cheaper in the long-run, it’s eco-friendly, versatile, water resistant, has personal and global health benefits, and can take a lot of damage. So it’s no wonder why people would think that the Islanders used Hemp Rope to make the statues walk.



Hemp does go back a long time, so it’s quite possible that they did use Hemp rope to move these bad boys around, but we’ll have to wait and see what more archeologists say about this theory. The question on whether or not they used Hemp rope to move the statues will remain unanswered, so what are your thoughts on this theory?

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