Season 27, Episode 15 Secrets of Lost Empires: Easter Island

First Aired: February 15, 2000

Part 3 of “Secrets of Lost Empires” visits Rapa Nui (formerly Easter Island) to try to determine how islanders moved and raised their huge stone statues called “maoi.” “It's a mystery locked in stone,” says narrator Stacy Keach, and the “Nova” crew has considerable difficulty with a maoi they made. “I think,” says archaeologist Jo Anne Van Tilburg, “that [ancient islanders] would think on their feet.” The hour recalls the civilization that built the maoi and speculates on why it collapsed. The maoi could have been part of the reason.

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  • Premiered: March 3, 1974
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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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