In the Easter Island, there are numerous mysteries surrounding it. While researchers are in long puzzle over why the huge statues were placed where they are, a new study says that the people of Rapa Nui placed physically in the location near sources of fresh water.
In the study, archaeologists found the location of the statues and the platforms on which they stand. Notably, the statues are called moai and the platforms, ahu.
Archaeologists studied the location of the statues and the platforms on which they stand. Notably, the statues are called moai and the platforms, ahu.
In the new study, authors in the journal PLOS One desired to understand the distribution of the ahu in order to further understand their creators.
About 900 years ago, the Polynesian sea sailors who first came on Rapa Nui went on to construct more than 300 ahu and about 1,000 moai, which are considered to represent important ancestors.
According to some story that was published, co-author Carl Lipo, professor of anthropology at Binghamton University, New York, said that the knowledge would researchers something about how the people of Rapa Nui of earlier time used the landscape and what they found important.
From six US institutions, researchers zeroed in on an isolated area in eastern Rapa Nui and analyzed the natural resources near the ahu.
They mainly focused on rock mulch gardens in which crops like sweet potatoes were grown. They emphasized on rock mulch gardens in which crops like sweet potatoes were grown.
They also looked at aquatic resources including sites for fishing, and sources of fresh water.
The team of researchers found no correlation between the ahu and the gardens, indicating they were not situated there to monitor or signal control over the resources.
The researchers concluded that indeed both aquatic resources and freshwater sources were found near the ahu, and only the latter was significant.
The experts outlined the area and found that freshwater emerged from underground in areas along the coast through groundwater discharge.
The researchers estimated and spoke about this, Lipo said that they would see horses drinking out of the sea, and it came to know that they knew where the fresh water was exactly coming out from. Explaining the high concentrations of Moai and Ahu along the coast.
Easter Island statues, too, were most probably connected to fresh water as they were found to be located near caves, or other freshwater sources.
As per the saying of study authors, the study suggests that Rapa Nui’s statues had a more practical meaning to the island’s early people.