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Easter Island heads have full bodies

Posted on Thursday, 17 May, 2012 | Comment icon 56 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 #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
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? WHAAAAT? Reed boats? Crossing the ocean? What kind of witchcraft are you pedaling!
Comment icon #49 Posted by Judith Woolworth Donahue on 4 December, 2014, 21:02
Its Pictionary, simple Pictionary..A ring of men carved from volcano with scoria lava hats,EVEN children get the answer.VOLCANO MEN, its volcanologists.A ring of 1000 volcano statues in a ring, some dormant some active with lava hats and some in process of creation sitting within a ring of 1000 real volcanoes, some dormant, some active and some always in process of creation..The ENTIRE island is a living rebus of the real ring of fire it sits within...MADE by volcanologists.....thats why they added the faces....add faces to the real ring of fire volcanoes and the 2 rings would be twins....its ... [More]
Comment icon #50 Posted by back to earth on 4 December, 2014, 21:16
Considering the unfinished Moai in the quarry have bodies, I don't see what all the excitement is about... Oh thanks ... I was wondering if everyone had gone crazy DUDES! :
Comment icon #51 Posted by Quaentum on 4 December, 2014, 21:56
Judith and back to earth you may not get re-plies from posters who stopped posting in this thread 2 1/2 years ago.
Comment icon #52 Posted by jaylemurph on 5 December, 2014, 1:20
Its Pictionary, simple Pictionary..A ring of men carved from volcano with scoria lava hats,EVEN children get the answer.VOLCANO MEN, its volcanologists.A ring of 1000 volcano statues in a ring, some dormant some active with lava hats and some in process of creation sitting within a ring of 1000 real volcanoes, some dormant, some active and some always in process of creation..The ENTIRE island is a living rebus of the real ring of fire it sits within...MADE by volcanologists.....thats why they added the faces....add faces to the real ring of fire volcanoes and the 2 rings would be twins....its ... [More]
Comment icon #53 Posted by back to earth on 5 December, 2014, 6:18
well ... if we are going to live in the past ...
Comment icon #54 Posted by Nnicolette on 5 December, 2014, 10:47
That site says the statues were made between 1250 and 1500 ad. Maybe 500 years is a long time but they seem so much older than that maybe its the depth of their burial or the mystery of origin... Just saying I didn't know how old they were but that seems like a typo.
Comment icon #55 Posted by Hanslune on 5 December, 2014, 20:35
The ones that are buried are at the base/ on the lower slopes of the Rano Raraku quarry. Erosion here has been dramatic. I notice a change just between 1977 and 2003 when I first and last visited. If you look at images from Routledge's expedition you can see a difference also. However the big erosion was after all the trees were gone and during the periods of stravation all the vegetation was probably eaten also, the bare slopes eroded heavily.
Comment icon #56 Posted by Hanslune on 6 December, 2014, 4:46
I went back and looked at some of Routledge's images and her expedition also excavated them. There was an earlier question if this had been done earlier, so yes it was. http://www.granger.com/results.asp?search=1&screenwidth=1600&tnresize=200&pixperpage=40&searchtxtkeys=moai&lastsearchtxtkeys=Moai&withinresults=&searchphotographer=&lstformats=&lstorients=132&nottxtkeys=&captions=&randomize= https://play.google.com/store/search?c=books&q=routledge+easter+island+1919


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