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Dr Hamilton said: "The hat quarry is inside the crater of an ancient volcano and on its outer lip. Nike Huarache Navy Blue And Yellow
Dr Richards said: "It is clear that the quarry had a sacred context as well as an industrial Nike Huarache For Men
The adze and the way the road is lined with hats along one side suggests, say the team, that the road was a ceremonial avenue leading to the quarry itself.
Dr Hamilton said: "The quarry is in a secret place which is invisible from other parts of the island and the noise of production would have been contained by the crater.
Dr Hamilton and Dr Richards are joint directors of the Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Landscapes of Construction Project. They will continue to work on the island over the next five years.
A third of the crater has been quarried away by hat production.
"So far we have located more than 70 hats at the ceremonial platforms and in transit. Many more may have been broken up and incorporated into the platforms.
"The change correlated with Nike Huarache Womens Shoes an increase in the overall size of the statues across the island."
Because of this long period of use, the team's investigations at Puna Pau provide evidence for the earliest monumentality in the Eastern Pacific.
"The presence of discrete quarry bays at Rano Raraku statue quarry meant that different and possibly competing groups were likely to have their own areas of production in Puna Pau too," Dr Richards explained.
The team examined the way the hats, each weighing several tons and made of red scoria, a volcanic rock like pumice, were moved by Polynesians between 500 and 750 years ago.
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"It is likely that they were moved by hand but tree logs could also have been used."
They were placed on the heads of carved stone human figures known as moai which stand on ceremonial platforms which encircle the island's coastline. The way the hats were raised and attached is unknown.
Dr Richards said: "We now know that the hats were rolled along the road made from a cement of compressed red scoria dust with a raised pavement along one side.
"The mint condition of the obsidian adze a seven inch long axe like tool used for squaring up logs or hollowing out timber, perhaps in canoe construction suggests that it was not a quarry tool but an offering left by a worker."
The excavation, led by Colin Richards from the University of Manchester and Dr Sue Hamilton, of UCL, was also the first ever on the statue hat quarry known to locals as Puna Pau.
"The Polynesians saw the landscape as a living thing and after they carved the rock the spirits entered the statues.
"These people lived in a successful and well organised society the Easter Island of 500 years ago was a managed living environment.
"Initially, the Polynesians built the moai out of various types of local stone, including the Puna Pau scoria, but between 12000 to 13000 AD Puna Pau switched from producing statues to Nike Air Huarache Triple Black White
"Seventy per cent of the island was transformed into open gardens and agriculture using a sophisticated stone mulching system to conserve moisture we are mapping these plantation areas as part of our landscape survey.
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