The latest archaeological surveys being carried out on Easter Island - famous for its gigantic stone statues - have results in about 5,000 historical stones being sent to universities around the world.
GV School girls dancing in front of the seven Moais (statues).
GV TILT UP AND GVs The seven Moais. (5 SHOTS)
SVs Archaeologists looking at patterns engraved on stones. (3 SHOTS)
SV Archaeologists making drawings of patterns on stones. (2 SHOTS)
GV Headstones. (4 SHOTS)
SVs & GVs Archaeologists measuring stones. (6 SHOTS)
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Background: The latest archaeological surveys being carried out on Easter Island - famous for its gigantic stone statues - have results in about 5,000 historical stones being sent to universities around the world. The surveys have been undertaken by a Chile University team, led by Professor Claudio Cristino. For the past seven years he has studied the estimated 1,000 stone statues and temples on the isolated eastern Pacific island. Most of the historical pieces, which include engraved stones, have been sent to Pennsylvania University in the United States. The most outstanding statues are the seven Moais, which stand about nine metres high and weigh about 30 tonnes. Throughout the island are scattered the beginnings of many other statues which archaeologists believe were in the process of being placed in certain astronomically orientated positions when work stopped. It is still a mystery how the statues were built and carried to their present positions. They are believed to have been built between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, although the 20 kilometre (14 mile) long island was most heavily populated in the fourth century. Only about 2,300 people now live on the island, which is under Chilean sovereignty. One of its major sources of income is tourism. Despite being one of the most isolated islands in the world, about 10,000 people visit Easter Island each year to look at the statues.