Hidden Body of Moai Statues

The 887 monolithic human figures carved from rock (moai) on Easter Island  are familiar to many people through iconic images that show the statues to be either just heads or a combination of heads and shoulders only. Since 2010, Easter Island Statue Project (EISP) been excavating two of the moai's buried bodies. Finally in recent years, the EISP has undertaken efforts to excavate and study some of the moai, thereby revealing previously hidden portions of the mysterious statues.

On th back of the statue, showing Petroglyph

The moai statues were carved from volcanic rock between A.D. 1100 and 1500 by ancient Polynesians. They range in size, with the tallest reaching 33 feet (10 meters).  Although their significance is still somewhat of a mystery, the moai are thought to have been representations of the indigenous peoples' ancestors.

Apparently, the sculptures have secretly had torsos, buried beneath the earth. On the back of one of the statues being excavated, showing petroglyphs.



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