SCIENTISTS UNCOVER ANCIENT MYSTERY OF GIANT HEADS ON EASTER ISLAND
The world did not find out that there is a lot more to the giant famous Easter Island heads until 2012 when it was found that the heads actually have bodies attached to them.
900 STATUES ON EASTER ISLAND DETERIORATING RAPIDLY
The giant Moai statues are on the grassy flanks of a volcano that is extinct on Easter Island, which has now been listed as a world heritage site famous the world over for the 900 giant stone figures that rest there.
Over the island, there are many Moai statues that are now deteriorating at a rapid pace and which are turning the priceless and unique carvings back into nothing more but plain rock.
The volcanic stone rocks have been out in the open, and so they have been subject to weathering and researchers have said that intensive conservation efforts are going to be needed to be able to preserve the stone legacy of Rapa Nui and to keep the statues in the state they are in today.
EXCAVATION LED TO FINDING STATUES HAVE BODIES
An excavation project was headed by Jo Anne Van Tilburg, and she said that hundreds if not thousands of people visit the island and they have been startled to find that the statues are not just heads; they also have bodies attached to them.
Van Tilburg is the director of the Easter Island Statue Project and the teams along with locals from the region have been excavating the monoliths.
The excavation of the huge statues revealed that the bodies of them are covered in carvings or tattoos as the researchers are calling them.
They have crescent symbols intricately carved on the backs of them, and these have been said be a representation of narrow boats that the Polynesians used when they ventured over the huge body of water to the island.
STATUES WERE MADE AROUND A.D. 100 AND 1800
The statues on Easter Island are more than ten meters high, and each of them weighs in at more than 80 tons.
The statues were carved out of porous light rocks, and it is thought that they were made about A.D. 100 and 1800.
Throughout time the statues bodies have become hidden underneath the ground.
It is thought that the beautiful tattooed statues of Easter Island are representations of the sacred tribal figures along with ancestors.