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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