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Visits to Pitcairn Island , Mangareva and Tahiti are described as well. By far the greatest part of the book tells of the work on Easter Island, where the expedition investigated the giant stone statues moai , the quarries at Rano Raraku and Puna Pau , the ceremonial village of Orongo on Rano Kau , as well as many other sites throughout the island. Much of the book's interest derives from the interaction of the expedition staff, from their base at Anakena beach, with the Easter Islanders themselves, who lived mainly in the village of Hanga Roa.

The book and a follow-up film of the same name [2] made a major contribution to general public awareness of both the island and the statues. The book was widely distributed, with both hardcover and mass market editions published, [1] as well as several reprint editions.

Some of Heyerdahl's conclusions have been questioned by archaeologists, plus his methods of selecting evidence to confirm his point of view. Notable is that professionalism in the fieldwork cannot be disputed since he used educated archaeologists. Heyerdahl is mostly associated with an attempt to revive the theory that some of islanders' stone-carving technology is almost identical to the one in some parts of South America, notably Peru.

He argued that in addition to having been settled by Polynesians , Easter Island was settled by people from Peru in South America an area he described as being "more culturally developed".

The Easter Islanders, according to Heyerdahl, insisted that the moai statues of Easter Island moved into their positions by "walking. He tested this theory on a small moai ; however, he quickly abandoned the test after the moai's base was damaged. He also made natives erect a statue using levers and stones, demonstrating that this method also worked.

At this time all statues were lying down and this one was the first to be restored. Heyerdahl compared the highest-quality stonework on the island present in very few cases to pre-Columbian Amerindian stonework, such as at Tihuanaco. He said of Ahu Vinapu's retaining wall, "No Polynesian fisherman would have been capable of conceiving, much less building such a wall". Heyerdahl claimed a South American origin for a number of Easter Island plants, including the Totora reeds in the island's three crater lakes.

These are now by DNA analysis not available at the time recognised as a separate species from similar ones in Lake Titicaca. He made the same claim for sweet potato and this fact is a riddle since this is South American. A cultural feature on Easter Island was enlonging of the earlobe. This is not present in Polynesia but common in South America.

On the other hand, weaving and pottery used in the Americas was not known to the inhabitants of Easter Island.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Book by Thor Heyerdahl. This article is about the book by Thor Heyerdahl. For other uses, see Aku Aku. Main article: History of Easter Island.

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Visits to Pitcairn Island , Mangareva and Tahiti are described as well. By far the greatest part of the book tells of the work on Easter Island, where the expedition investigated the giant stone statues moai , the quarries at Rano Raraku and Puna Pau , the ceremonial village of Orongo on Rano Kau , as well as many other sites throughout the island. Much of the book's interest derives from the interaction of the expedition staff, from their base at Anakena beach, with the Easter Islanders themselves, who lived mainly in the village of Hanga Roa. The book and a follow-up film of the same name [2] made a major contribution to general public awareness of both the island and the statues. The book was widely distributed, with both hardcover and mass market editions published, [1] as well as several reprint editions.

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