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A head for civil engineering

Senior Ira Simkhovitch helps move a model of an Easter Island head.
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Senior Ira Simkhovitch helps move a model of an Easter Island head.
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Photo / Donna Coveney
Chile's Easter Island is famous for statues like the one portrayed by this model. Some existing statues weigh over 20 tons.
Caption:
Chile's Easter Island is famous for statues like the one portrayed by this model. Some existing statues weigh over 20 tons.
Credits:
Photo / Donna Coveney

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).

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