Scientists have found out the secret of the stone statues on Easter Island
Moai - is known monolithic stone statues of Easter Island, located in the Pacific Ocean. They number about 1,000, and is supposed to be built in the XIII century civilization Polynesian Rapanui.
The American researchers have found purpose pedestals ahu, which erected the famous statues of Easter Island.
According to experts, these platforms indicated to fresh water sources.
In the study, researchers mapped the island, which marked the location of natural resources, including fresh water sources. It was found that close to all the megalithic constructions are springs. In other parts of the island there were no sources of fresh water.
On Easter island (or as it is called Rapanui) - more than 300 megalithic platform (ahu) and about 1,000 stone statues (moai). It is believed that the first of them were built in the XIII century civilization Polynesian Rapanui. moai purpose has long been a subject of debate among scientists.
Many researchers believed that these structures were deified ancestors figures or symbols were different clans Rapanui society.
While anthropologists are available comprehensive data on the location of the statues and sources of fresh water only in the eastern part of the island. However, scientists in the near future plans to conduct a full investigation of the Easter Island to definitively ascertain the correctness of his theory.