Easter Island news: Ancient war didn't cause island collapse

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The Easter Island located in Chile is one of the most talked about attractions in the world. It is believed that the ancient civilization was destroyed by warfare. However, recent findings have revealed that the sharp objects found believed to be used as weapons were actually used for a different purpose.

A study conducted by the researchers from Binghamton University reveals that the traditional story of Rapa Nui contradicts the evidences found by the team led by Carl Lipo who is a professor of anthropology at the said institution. For a long time, many thought that the spear points on the shores of the island were used in war but they were actually used as general purpose tools.

Because of the presence of the thousands of triangular objects on the surface called mata'a, many believed that before the Europeans arrived in the location, the resources of the people living there ran out which caused them to engage in fighting that resulted to their collapse. The mata'a are said to be used as weapons of war.

After analyzing the shapes of more than 400 mata'a, the researchers found that there are differences in their structure. The team believes that the said objects were not used in warfare because the items were too poor for weapons.

The leader of the team explained the result of their study. According to Lipo, the objects don't like weapons at all.

"We found that when you look at the shape of these things, they just don't look like weapons at all. When you can compare them to European weapons or weapons found anywhere around the world when there are actually objects used for warfare, they're very systematic in their shape. They have to do their job really well. Not doing well is risking death," stated by the professor.

"You can always use something as a spear. Anything that you have can be a weapon. But under the conditions of warfare, weapons are going to have performance characteristics. And they're going to be very carefully fashioned for that purpose because it matters...You would cut somebody {with a mata'a], but they certainly wouldn't be lethal in any way," Lipo added.