• Senior Ira Simkhovitch helps move a model of an Easter Island head.

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  • Chile's Easter Island is famous for statues like the one portrayed by this model. Some existing statues weigh over 20 tons.

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A head for civil engineering

MIT students adjust a model of an Easter Island head
to test a theory of how the Rapa Nui people moved the giant stone heads into
position on the island 1,500 years ago. This experiment, done Wednesday, March
15, was part of Professor Herbert Einstein's class in civil engineering design.
From left,
foreground: seniors Luis Loya, Ira Simkhovitch and Sala McGuire

Photo/Donna Coveney

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 22, 2006 (download PDF).

Topics: Civil and environmental engineering


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