Digging for the Truth

Season 1 Episode 12

Giants of Easter Island

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 25, 2005 on The History Channel
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Giants of Easter Island
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On the remotest island on the face of the planet stand the massive, enigmatic stone statues of Easter Island. Who carved them? And why? Ever since Easter Island was first discovered, this tiny pinprick of land in the middle of the Pacific Ocean has baffled scientists. How did the ancients who peopled this place even find it? Host Josh Bernstein sets out to unveil the mysteries of the island and of the remarkable stone heads that its first inhabitants left behind. Delving into the world of ancient Pacific Islanders, he relearns the lost art of Polynesian navigation, recreates the techniques of Easter Island masons, and participates in dangerous ancient rituals--all to solve one of the greatest enigmas of our time: the mystery of Easter Island.moreless
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      • Josh: This week join me as I explore the most mysterious and remote island on Earth. For centuries the great stone heads of Easter Island baffled travelers and archaeologists alike. Who built these colossal statues and why? And how did they find this tiny island in the Pacific 1500 years ago with no compass and no maps? How did their culture rise and why did it fall? To find out I'll go outrigger canoeing on the open Pacific, explore caves and craters and try one of the most grueling ritual contests ever created. Once again, we're digging for the truth and we're going to extremes to do it.

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