Easter Island is the most isolated island on Earth and famous for its giant stone heads, yet surprisingly little is known about the culture that created them. Island artefacts reveal much, but conceal even more.
There is much that we do know about Easter Island, called Rapa Nui in the local language. Scientific theory has added some insight. So has an ancient oral history to some extent. What we know is mostly thanks to archaeological evidence and stories collected from voyagers and missionaries that form part of the island’s modern history. After all, they took notes. Despite all that, many questions remain about Rapa Nui’s strange cultural past. My biggest question, since I first saw a magazine picture of them when I was a child, is: “What are the colossal stone heads about?”...
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