The Easter Island, hidden away in the South Pacific Ocean, is famous for its rock statues portraying huge human heads. For many years nobody knew what was their purpose and why the Rapa Nui people built them.
In 2011 it was revealed that the heads also had bodies. The bodies go many feet under the ground’s surface. Scientists have found out that the dirt which had been covering the statues all these years wasn’t actually deliberately placed there in order to support or cover the bodies. The statues, known as Moai, were standing on stone pavements. The scientists also discovered that stone tools were used in order to carve and lift the statues.
The carefully excavated bodies revealed the torsos of two 22ft tall statues covered with petroglyphs, many of which were vaka symbols.
Unfortunately, nobody can tell what was the purpose of the Muai statues yet. The Rapa Nui people were long gone before the Europeans discovered the island in the 1700s.