Some of the Easter Island heads actually have bodies, but for those that don’t, this is how people might have moved them into place. National Geographic and a group of volunteers constructed a 10-foot, 5-ton replica to find out. Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information.

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And, with just a few ropes, a team of 18 people could rock the statue back and forth, each time inching the statue on just a little bit more. Four rope-pullers would be on each side, with ten people pulling the statue up from behind, which has been compared to holding back a dog which is pulling at a leas.

Volunteers built a replica model, and dragged it across the countryside of Hawaii, slowly moving the giant head towards its final resting point.The researchers do not offer their experiment as proof that this scenario is true – but point out it fits with the islanders’ oral tradition that the statues ‘walked’ down the road.

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