Easter Island's Giant Stone Hats are Rewriting Its Mysterious History

Modern researchers have long suspected that the inhabitants of Rapa Nui — known to English-speakers as Easter Island, home of the giant carved monoliths — lived in warrior societies that were constantly engaged in violence. New research on giant stone hats, once worn by the famous statues, provides evidence that this view may be incomplete, suggesting that in fact Rapa Nui was home to a much more cooperative bunch of folks.

In a paper published in the October issue of Advances in

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