Controversy. Conspiracy. Confusion. History is fraught with events -- from local to global -- that have never been satisfactorily explained. What caused the dinosaurs to perish? How were the Egyptian Pyramids built? What happened to the great Inca civilization? Was John Wilkes Booth part of a large, sinister plot? Was George Armstrong Custer sacrificed to save the Grant Administration? Is there anything happening in Roswell, New Mexico, that should be shared with American citizens? Who shot John F. Kennedy? These and dozens of other international mysteries are investigated, explored, unraveled and reported. Easter Island Monuments: Native Craftsmen Or Other Worldly Creations? Famous for its nearly 1,000 distinctive monumental statues, called moai, Easter Island is one of the most isolated places on Earth. A special territory of the nation of Chile, the sixty-three square mile island is a remote volcanic rock in the Pacific Ocean at the southeastern most point of the Polynesian triangle. Almost totally cutoff from the rest of the world, the native Rapanui created the only written Polynesian language and structured a complex society. By far the most unusual feature of the island, though, are the moai. Carved by hand out of volcanic rock using only stone chisels, these massive eighty ton monolithic stone statues were somehow transported several miles and arranged in rows on raised platforms. This informative television program looks at how the Rapanui people created the statues, moved them into place, and stood them upright. Without access to outside engineering technology, it examines how the topknots--each weighing twelve tons-- were put in place atop each moai. And it addresses the biggest question of all--Why?moreless
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