It’s one of the oldest mysteries known to man: Easter Island. The remote piece of land is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and it holds secrets that even the most experienced archaeologist has been able to uncover.
The island is populated by iconic stone statues that look like giant heads, and their origin has baffled historians since they were discovered. But there’s more to these mysterious statues than meets the eye!
Read on to discover the hidden side of these statues. You won’t believe it when you see what they’ve been hiding all these years!
Chances are, you’ve learned about Easter Island in school. The island is covered in giant stone statues that look like heads. These figures are called moai after the Polynesian word for “head.”
The stone figures have been a mystery for centuries, as archaeologists have been unable to determine who made them or why they ceased to be built. Adding to their questions is the fact that Easter Island is literally located in the middle of nowhere.
While you might only picture a handful of heads, there are actually 887 on the entire island. And heads are not all that they are…
Did you know they have bodies, buried deep below the ground? Really, they do!
Unearthing the buried statues is a lengthy process, but a rewarding one.
The statues at their tallest are almost 40 feet high.
Experts believe that they were symbols of authority and wisdom.
Viewing them all in a line, they look like an army in formation. Imagine coming across this site as a sailor stopping on an island for some rest?
The statues are thought to have been carved by a prestigious class of craftsmen.
Evidence suggests that their construction was abruptly halted with no explanation.
The island was added to the list of World Heritage sites in 1994.
But that’s just part of what makes visiting the island so compelling.
They left behind an impressive and haunting mystery!
I had no idea there were bodies to those statues hidden beneath the earth! It really makes you wonder what else might be hiding on Easter Island.