• Easter Island's statue builders drank from the sea

    1 month ago - By Ars Technica

    Enlarge / A freshwater seep in the tidal zone near Tongariki.
    Archaeologists are piecing together more details about how the Rapanui people once erected the formerly enigmatic stone statues , or moai. But one of the island's lingering mysteries is how the Rapanui found enough water to sustain thousands of people on a small island. Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, has no permanent streams, and its three lakes are hard to reach and far from archaeological evidence of settlement. But when European colonists arrived in the late 1700s, thousands of people already lived on the island, and they had...
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