A couple of years ago, I came across this amazing picture, which reveals an hidden aspect of the large stone statues, or moai, for which Easter Island is world-famous – they are much, much taller than we thought…
According to Wikipedia, the statues were carved from 1100–1680 CE (rectified radio-carbon dates). A total of 887 monolithic stone statues have been inventoried on the island and in museum collections.
Although often identified as “Easter Island heads”, the statues have torsos, most of them ending at the top of the thighs. A small number of them are complete, with the figures kneeling on bent knees with their hands over their stomachs. Some upright moai have become buried up to their necks by shifting soils. Read more about the moai on Wikipedia.
■ Henri Thibodeau | Originally published October 17, 2013
Update, August 10, 2015
More Surprises From Easter Island
A friend recently sent me this astonishing picture of an underwater moai. I don’t have the credits for this image, but I found more underwater pictures of the moai on Lakwatsero.me, such as this one taken in April 2012: