The scientists are surprised to discover that the famous carved stone heads in Easter Island actually have bodies. They discover these statues in 2012. These statues were carved from the volcanic rock between 100 AD to 1800 by ancient Polynesians. The statues are beautifully decorated and represent tribal figures.
These statues were carved from the volcanic rock by ancient Polynesians between 100 AD to 1800.
The scientists were surprised by what they discovered after digging below the surface of the ground where the statues were.
Their significance is not fully discovered, but they are believed to represent prominent tribal figures or ancestors. These bodies might originally get displayed in all their glory.
In 2012, Jo Anne Van Tilburg, director of the Easter Island Statue Project, began excavating the monoliths with the help of local Rapa Nui people.
These statues include crescents carved on the backs of the towering monoliths, which academics say represent the canoes of the Polynesians who made them.
Archaeologists have known about the hidden bodies since the earliest excavations in 1914. The exposed bodies of statues were hidden under the ground because of erosions.
These statues are up to 10 metres tall and weigh more than 80 tonnes.