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Six kilometers of caves discovered in Easter Island

Archaeologists have discovered a huge cave system in Easter Island containing human remains, rock art, weapons and other utensils.

Cave experts, or speleologists, confirmed the caves were used by inhabitants of the island as refuge from tribal wars at a time when society was on the verge of collapse as a result of infighting, severe environmental degradation caused by deforestation, droughts, and famine.

The most common use was in periods of tribal warfare, when the caves would turn into secret chambers where islanders would protect themselves, explained Claudio Cristino, an archaeologist from the Universidad de Chile, who took part in the expedition.

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