If Landslide Dirt Was Removed, The Giant Heads Of Easter Island Would Be Three Times Taller Than Now

by • February 13, 2019 • Archaeology, Art, History, TravelComments (0)3308

Nothing is ever as it seems — even on Easter Island. For more than a century now, archaeologists have been closely studying the giant monolithic head busts (i.e. the Moai) on the volcanic island in Polynesia which were carved between 1100-1680. But what some people might not realize is how 150 of the 900 statutes are buried under landslide earth. You can get a glimpse at some of the statues in question below, and learn much more about the Moai on Wikipedia.
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Easter Island map showing Terevaka, Poike, Rano Kau, Motu Nui, Orongo, and Mataveri; major ahus are marked with moaiEaster Island's Moai heads being excavated by archaeologists Easter Island's Moai heads being excavated by archaeologists Easter Island's Moai heads being excavated by archaeologists

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