Aku-Aku -- The Secret of Easter Island Author:Thor Heyerdahl Eight years after his famed Kon-Tiki raft expedition, Thor Heyerdahl returned to the Southeast Pacific to solve the mysteries of Easter Island. Who carved the giant stone statutes that have puzzled experts for over a century? When? How were these fifty-ton statutes transported by a primitive race who presumably possessed no mechanical skills,... more » miles from the quarry where they originated? What toppled them over, so that they now lie strewn along the heights and plains of this tiny island in the Pacific?
Thor Heyerdahl soon discovered that the island's mysteries went far beyond its famous statues. For in dozens of secret caves scattered over the island -- some of them refuges from some unknown, long-departed invader, lay other objects: carvings of skulls and strange beasts and human masks, and the rongo-rongo boards with their inscriptions which had long defied deciphering, each bearing clues to the skills and customs of an earlier people.« less