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Easter Island heads have full bodies

Posted on Thursday, 17 May, 2012 | Comment icon 48 comments | News tip by: Talion

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New archaological digs on Easter Island have revealed tall bodies buried beneath the stone heads.

While most of the statues on the enigmatic island appear only as heads protruding from the ground, archaeologists have confirmed that most, if not all of them actually have intricately carved bodies buried in the ground below them as well. The statues, or "Moai", are believed to have been built by the island's inhabitants between 1250 and 1500AD. To date, 887 of them have been found.

"Those statues which are the most photographed are standing in the quarry," said Jo Anne Van Tilburg, director of the Easter Island Statue Project. "So itís understandable that the general public didnít have a clue that those statues had bodies."

"First Van Tilburg documented the islandís statues and those that have been removed to museums; there are 887 inventoried, though she says the number is closer to 1,000."

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Comment icon #39 Posted by jules99 on 18 May, 2012, 22:40
Hi the L; My 1st thought about the Moais stance and hand placement was that it was meant to be intimidating. in body language that stance and hand placement is regarded as being dominant. But then I wondered who would they be guarding against? They are in the middle of no where and seem too remote to be concerned with raiding parties. I like the idea Abe put forward of the belly being the seat of ancient wisdom, maybe its just the fact that the statues are sculpted naked and are male that leads to the willy/hands connection.
Comment icon #40 Posted by lightly on 19 May, 2012, 12:30
LOL @ me. It's spelled YOU'RE (you are)... Not your. Does anyone know the origins of the long ears and short ears? They were two distinct groups with different ancestry weren't they?
Comment icon #41 Posted by Abramelin on 19 May, 2012, 13:50
Reading your post I got an idea what those rows of statues actually symbolize.... Look at this: And then have a look at this:
Comment icon #42 Posted by whatsthat on 19 May, 2012, 15:58
We share a common ancestor with chimps, who have no shame over nakedness. So I wouldn't use the bible to claim shame as first 'emotion'. Animals mourn etc Shame and covering in depiction is not mutually exclusive, so to jump to other plane beings is a leap when explanations for the depiction is amply provided by this thread.
Comment icon #43 Posted by StarMountainKid on 19 May, 2012, 20:05
Old news is new news if you haven't heard it.
Comment icon #44 Posted by KVM10 on 21 May, 2012, 1:16
Hello all! For a start, I've been to Rapa Nui twice, and have been so interested in these damn things! The Moi you see in the picture has been exposed to elements for ages (piccies to prove)! It seems mad that this is news! I was there 5 months ago and nothing had really changed. however, the Moi in question is within the volcano crater, which to be honsest is great. Poses the question on how they pulled out the 'tonnage' before rolling it accross the island..... (ahem...). (yes, rollin several 70 tons up a volcano is rite easy) These things are awsome, and so... [More]
Comment icon #45 Posted by Xanthurion2 on 28 May, 2012, 5:20
wow. why didn't i know this earlier? a little research goes a long way i guess
Comment icon #46 Posted by bewizardry_unharmonic on 6 June, 2012, 15:18
Chariots of the Gods documentary made in 1970 not only mentions this but shows their bodies on one or two of them as well. Common knowledge indeed.
Comment icon #47 Posted by redeyedskunkape on 11 June, 2012, 20:18
This is the non-story of the 21st century... it has been known for DECADES that the Easter Island statues have buried bodies. What's next, is somebody going to prove that reed ships can cross the Atlantic ocean?
Comment icon #48 Posted by Capt Amerika on 19 June, 2012, 23:35
WHAAAAT? Reed boats? Crossing the ocean? What kind of witchcraft are you pedaling!

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