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Thursday, 10 September 2009

Easter Island Red Hat Mystery Solved

They didn’t get them from the L.L Bean catalogue. British archeologists say they now know how the giant stone statues on Easter Island got their fancy red hats.

According to Agence France-Presse, researchers from the University of Manchester and University College, London, claim that the red hats - weighing several tons each – were most likely forged in a hidden quarry, called Puna Pau, located inside the crater of an ancient volcano.

Researchers identified the hats as being made of red scoria, a pumice-like volcanic rock. A key discovery of a road, in which they were transported throughout the small Pacific island, further reinforced a volcanic origin.

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