The mysteries of Rapa Nui – or Easter Island – have puzzled explorers, tourists and scientists for centuries. When was it first settled? Where did the settlers come from? How did they carve and move the moai – the giant statues they carved from volcanic rock? What did these figures represent? And what became of these people and their culture – which had dwindled so dramatically by the time the Europeans came across this remote yet inhabited island? Over the years, theories have been vigorously asserted then replaced by the discovery and interpretation of new evidence.
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