Have you ever heard about the gigantic sculptures of human heads found in the middle of the Pacific Ocean?
Far away from the coasts of Chile and deep into the Pacific Ocean is Easter Island. This historical and mythological place keeps endless wonders, in its original language, the island is known as Rapa Nui There. Thanks to the help of some archaeologists, the ancestral heads were unearthed, and to their surprise, it was found that they had a body under them.
Despite this discovery, how they were transported and placed in the places they are today is still a mystery. These sculptures were carved in volcanic stone, but their method of building them is unknown.
Some time ago, the statues had been completely unearthed. Archaeologists decided to dig them up to determine how big these sculptures were. According to archaeologists, the original statues were covered over time by erosion and sediments ejected from the surrounding volcanoes, leaving only their heads exposed.
With the passage of time, some explorers had already said that the Easter sculptures were complete figures and not just heads. But it wasn’t until recently that these statues were unearthed.
Thanks to the work of archaeologists, the impressive discovery was made that these also had a very well-sculpted torso. During the excavation, pieces of the mechanism were found that, according to the archaeologists, were used to erect and position the statues.
There are many theories about these mythological statues. The most common indicates that, for the natives who built them, they represented their ancestors. Some sculpted details on the backs of these enigmatic statues were also discovered.
Van Tilburg and his team excavated some statues to reveal what lies beneath and whether their burial was intentional or due to natural causes. Research has shown that the moai were built in the same place where they are buried and placed on stone pedestals. Furthermore, not man covered them with earth, but the action of time and the elements. Archaeologists have found more than 500 stone tools in the area to carve the statues and fine obsidian and basalt tools to sculpt the details.
The enigmatic Easter statues seem more complex than previously thought since they have a gigantic carved bodies and not just the head.
These historical pieces are undoubtedly pure art to behold, don’t you think?