The sculptures created on the volcanic island of Easter Island are well-known around the world. The view of the full field of around 1000 ‘Monoliths’ set out is breathtaking. A UCLA research group recently engaged on a trip to uncover a hitherto undiscovered component of Easter Island monoliths: they are more than their heads. To discover the remaining statues, the crew dug them up.

The Easter Island monoliths were cloaked in mystery, with a variety of theories and legends surrounding them. They are approximately 80 tons in weight and 30 feet tall. After Dutch explorer Roggeveen discovered them on Easter Day in 1722, they were given the name “Easter.” Around 150 of these sculptures have already been exposed for future research by the UCLA team.

Photo Courtesy: CNN | Easter Island Statue Project


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