Photos Reveal Giant Easter Island Moai Statues are Covered in Mysterious Symbols

Photos Reveal Giant Easter Island Moai Statues are Covered in Mysterious Symbols

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Images from the 2012 excavation of Easter Island’s iconic statues reveal the renowned heads are not only connected to giant bodies, but the bodies are covered in mysterious designs and symbols, which researchers have likened to tattoos.

With a study last week which claimed to have definitively worked out just how the Easter Islanders managed to lift the hats to the heads of the Moai statues, the next puzzle to solve is what exactly these body designs are all about. reported that a previously unseen series of photographs show in fascinating detail the excavated bodies of the distinctive stone humanoids. Archaeologists were surprised to find that the stone bodies, shielded from environmental weathering beneath the soil, are decorated with ancient details —whirls and crescents believed to be tattoos.

Researchers say the crescent shapes might represent the canoes of local Polynesians, though this is just one theory.

Detailed markings are visible. Credit: The Easter Island Statue Project

The Rapa Nui people who originally settled the island centuries ago erected 887 amazing giant stone statues called moai. The moai have proved to be an enduring mystery with many lasting questions; how and why were they built; were they purposefully buried or did time bury the statues under silt; why do some face away from the sea and towards the island; how were the heavy stones moved around the island; why do some sport heavy red stone hats ? Researchers hope to answer these questions and more with investigations.

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Moais (stone statues) on Ahu Nau, Anakena Beach, Easter Island. Wikimedia Commons

Director of the Easter Island Statue Project, Jo Anne Van Tilburg says, “The reason people think they are [only] heads is there are about 150 statues buried up to the shoulders on the slope of a volcano, and these are the most famous, most beautiful and most photographed of all the Easter Island statues. This suggested to people who had not seen photos of [other unearthed statues] that they are heads only,” reports news website IBTimes.

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Initial excavations in 1914 revealed some of the bodies of the giant volcanic rock statues, which can weigh up to 88 tons and be up to 10 meters (33 feet) tall. The hands of some of the statues can be seen to wrap around to the navel .

Academics speculate the stylized figures represented ancestors or high status tribal figures. It is theorized that the stone was quarried on the island, and next it was carved and decorated at the quarries, and then finally the statues were “walked” slowly across the islands to their final positions as guardians protecting against disaster.

Explorer and author David Hatcher Childress wrote in a 2013 article:

Jean-Michel Schwartz says in his 1975 book ‘The Mysteries of Easter Island’ that he believes the statues were not moved by wooden rollers or sleds but rather by using ropes around the statues which ‘walked’ the statues in the same way as one might walk a refrigerator; by tilting it first to one side, shifting the airborne portion forward, and setting it down again. By this method, the statues would truly walk in a waddle fashion around the island.
Later, a Czech mechanical engineer named Pavel recreated this method along with Thor Heyerdahl. With twenty other men, they tied ropes around a statue and leaned it from side to side while pulling it forward with the rope, a slight variation on Schwartz’s method. The method worked, but was excruciatingly slow. It is an ingenious theory which takes into account the legends of the walking statues […]

Easter Island was settled between 300 AD and 1200 AD by Polynesians who eventually became the Rapa Nui. Between the 10th and 16th centuries the island community expanded steadily, with settlements being set up along practically the entire coastline. Following this period, however, the population took an extremely rapid decline dropping from 15,000 to approximately 2,000. Past theories explained their demise as the result of economic and social crises due to environmental deterioration: deforestation leading to land erosion. However, recent studies suggest the arrival of Europeans in the 1700s, and slavery and smallpox , are factors which probably devastated the population of the Rapa Nui.

Work continues on the island through university-led research, and the Easter Island Statue Project , along with assistance from the Rapa Nui people.

Galleries of images of Easter Island discoveries can be seen at the site, and others are currently being viewed on social media site Imgur .

The famous moai of Easter Island (BigStockPhoto)

To image: The intricately carved details as recorded in 2012. Archaeologists believe the decorations are tattoos. Credit: The Easter Island Statue Project

By Liz Leafloor

    Do the Easter Island Heads Really Have Bodies?

    The mysterious Easter Island statues — hundreds of huge, ancient carved stone heads that guard the hilly Pacific island landscape — may actually have bodies, according to an email showing excavations at the site.

    The email, which made the rounds in May 2012, contained photos of a startling excavation project at Easter Island. According to the email, archaeologists were in the process of unearthing the statues' bodies, which were gradually buried by 500-plus years of erosion.

    But are those surprising images, and the excavation project they depict, actually real? Are the famous Easter Island heads really full-bodied figures? [Image Gallery: Walking Easter Island Statues]

    Turns out, so many people were seeking an answer that "we were swamped by over 3 million hits and our site crashed," said Jo Anne Van Tilburg, director of the Easter Island Statue Project, which had indeed been excavating two of the statues' buried bodies since 2010. Photos of the dig posted on the project website, and older photos taken of full-bodied Easter Island statues that were excavated in the 1950s, have been collected together in the chain email, driving that past surge of interest in the excavation project, and confusion about what's real.

    "The reason people think they are [only] heads is there are about 150 statues buried up to the shoulders on the slope of a volcano, and these are the most famous, most beautiful and most photographed of all the Easter Island statues," Van Tilburg, who is also a fellow at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Life's Little Mysteries. "This suggested to people who had not seen photos of [other unearthed statues on the island] that they are heads only."

    In fact, archaeologists have studied the statues on the island for about a century, and have been aware of the torsos beneath the statues' heads since the earliest excavations in 1914. [The Most Monumental Monument Mistakes]

    The statues, whose traditional name is "moai," were carved from volcanic rock between A.D. 1100 and 1500 by ancient Polynesians. They range in size, with the tallest reaching 33 feet (10 meters). Although their significance is still somewhat of a mystery, the moai are thought to have been representations of the indigenous peoples' ancestors. Tribespeople would probably have carved a new statue each time an important tribal figure passed away, Van Tilburg said.

    The new excavation work intends to document for the first time the complex carvings found on the buried statues' bodies, which have been protected from weathering by their burial. But the project will also help preserve the ancient monoliths, she said. "We have a team that accompanies us and they consolidate and protect the stone by applying chemicals and water repellant."

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    The Chronicles of Jacob Roggeveen

    On Easter Sunday April 5th, 1722, Dutch navigator Jacob Roggeveen arrived ashore, marking the first recorded contact between Europeans and the islanders. According to the chronicles of Roggeveen, he and his crew witnessed gigantic, fair-skinned inhabitants, with long, drooping ears, red hair, covered in tattoos and body paint, who were engaged in some form of worship or veneration of the enormous stone statues.

    “Thus far my narratives will gain credit, because it contains nothing uncommon, yet I must declare that these savages are of more than gigantic size, for the men being twice as tall and thick as the largest of our people they measured, one with the other, the height of twelve feet (3.7 meters), so that we could easily—who will not wonder without stooping, have passed between the legs of these sons of GOLIATH. According to their height, so is their thickness, and are all, now with another, very well proportioned, so that each could have passed for a HERCULES but none of their wives came up to the height of the men, being commonly not above ten or eleven feet (3 or 3.4 meters). The men had their bodies painted with a red or dark brown, and the women with a scarlet color. I doubt not but most people who read this voyage will give no credit to what I now relate, and that this account of the height of these giants will probably pass with them for a mere fable or fiction but this I declare, that I have put down nothing but real truth, and that this people, upon the nicest inspection, were in fact of such a surpassing height as I have here described.”


    The moʻai are monolithic statues, their minimalist style reflective of forms found throughout Polynesia. Moʻai are carved from volcanic ash. The human figures would be outlined in the rock wall first, then chipped away until only the image was left. [12] The over-large heads (a three-to-five ratio between the head and the trunk, a sculptural trait that demonstrates the Polynesian belief in the sanctity of the chiefly head) have heavy brows and elongated noses with a distinctive fish-hook-shaped curl of the nostrils. The lips protrude in a thin pout. Like the nose, the ears are elongated and oblong in form. The jaw lines stand out against the truncated neck. The torsos are heavy, and, sometimes, the clavicles are subtly outlined in stone. The arms are carved in bas relief and rest against the body in various positions, hands and long slender fingers resting along the crests of the hips, meeting at the hami (loincloth), with the thumbs sometimes pointing towards the navel. Generally, the anatomical features of the backs are not detailed, but sometimes bear a ring and girdle motif on the buttocks and lower back. Except for one kneeling moʻai, the statues do not have clearly visible legs.

    Though moʻai are whole-body statues, they are often referred to as "Easter Island heads" in some popular literature. This is partly because of the disproportionate size of most moʻai heads, and partly because many of the iconic images for the island showing upright moʻai are the statues on the slopes of Rano Raraku, many of which are buried to their shoulders. Some of the "heads" at Rano Raraku have been excavated and their bodies seen, and observed to have markings that had been protected from erosion by their burial.

    The average height of the moʻai is about 4 m (13 ft), with the average width at the base around 1.6 m (5.2 ft). These massive creations usually weigh around 12.5 tonnes (13.8 tons) each.

    All but 53 of the more than 900 moʻai known to date were carved from tuff (a compressed volcanic ash) from Rano Raraku, where 394 moʻai in varying states of completion are still visible today. There are also 13 moʻai carved from basalt, 22 from trachyte and 17 from fragile red scoria. [13] At the end of carving, the builders would rub the statue with pumice.

    Characteristics Edit

    Easter Island statues are known for their large, broad noses and big chins, along with rectangle-shaped ears and deep eye slits. Their bodies are normally squatting, with their arms resting in different positions and are without legs. The majority of the ahu are found along the coast and face inland towards the community. There are some inland ahu such as Ahu Akivi. These moʻai face the community but given the small size of the island, also appear to face the coast. [10]

    Eyes Edit

    In 1979, Sergio Rapu Haoa and a team of archaeologists discovered that the hemispherical or deep elliptical eye sockets were designed to hold coral eyes with either black obsidian or red scoria pupils. [14] The discovery was made by collecting and reassembling broken fragments of white coral that were found at the various sites. Subsequently, previously uncategorized finds in the Easter Island museum were re-examined and recategorized as eye fragments. It is thought that the moʻai with carved eye sockets were probably allocated to the ahu and ceremonial sites, suggesting that a selective Rapa Nui hierarchy was attributed to the moʻai design until its demise with the advent of the religion revolving around the tangata manu.

    Symbolism Edit

    Many archaeologists suggest that "[the] statues were thus symbols of authority and power, both religious and political. But they were not only symbols. To the people who erected and used them, they were actual repositories of sacred spirit. Carved stone and wooden objects in ancient Polynesian religions, when properly fashioned and ritually prepared, were believed to be charged by a magical spiritual essence called mana." [15]

    Archaeologists believe that the statues were a representation of the ancient Polynesians' ancestors. The moai statues face away from the ocean and towards the villages as if to watch over the people. The exception is the seven Ahu Akivi which face out to sea to help travelers find the island. There is a legend that says there were seven men who waited for their king to arrive. [16] A study in 2019 concluded that ancient people believed that quarrying of the moʻai might be related to improving soil fertility and thereby critical food supplies. [17]

    Pukao topknots and headdresses Edit

    The more recent moʻai had pukao on their heads, which represent the topknot of the chieftains. According to local tradition, the mana was preserved in the hair. The pukao were carved out of red scoria, a very light rock from a quarry at Puna Pau. Red itself is considered a sacred color in Polynesia. The added pukao suggest a further status to the moʻai. [18]

    Markings Edit

    When first carved, the surface of the moʻai was polished smooth by rubbing with pumice. However, the easily worked tuff from which most moʻai were carved is easily eroded, such that the best place to see the surface detail is on the few moʻai carved from basalt or in photographs and other archaeological records of moʻai surfaces protected by burials. [ citation needed ]

    Those moʻai that are less eroded typically have designs carved on their backs and posteriors. The Routledge expedition of 1914 established a cultural link [19] between these designs and the island's traditional tattooing, which had been repressed by missionaries a half-century earlier. Until modern DNA analysis of the islanders and their ancestors, this was key scientific evidence that the moʻai had been carved by the Rapa Nui and not by a separate group from South America. [ citation needed ]

    At least some of the moʻai were painted Hoa Hakananai'a was decorated with maroon and white paint until 1868, when it was removed from the island. It is now housed in the British Museum, London, but demands have been made for its return to Rapa Nui. [ citation needed ]

    The statues were carved by the Polynesian colonizers of the island, mostly between circa 1250 and 1500. [1] In addition to representing deceased ancestors, the moʻai, once they were erected on ahu, may also have been regarded as the embodiment of powerful living or former chiefs and important lineage status symbols. Each moʻai presented a status: "The larger the statue placed upon an ahu, the more mana the chief who commissioned it had." [18] The competition for grandest statue was ever prevalent in the culture of the Easter Islanders. The proof stems from the varying sizes of moʻai. [18]

    Completed statues were moved to ahu mostly on the coast, then erected, sometimes with pukao, red stone cylinders, on their heads. Moʻai must have been extremely expensive to craft and transport not only would the actual carving of each statue require effort and resources, but the finished product was then hauled to its final location and erected.

    The quarries in Rano Raraku appear to have been abandoned abruptly, with a litter of stone tools and many completed moʻai outside the quarry awaiting transport and almost as many incomplete statues still in situ as were installed on ahu. In the nineteenth century, this led to conjecture that the island was the remnant of a sunken continent and that most completed moʻai were under the sea. That idea has long been debunked, and now it is understood that:

    • Some statues were rock carvings and never intended to be completed.
    • Some were incomplete because, when inclusions were encountered, the carvers would abandon a partial statue and start a new one. [20] Tuff is a soft rock with occasional lumps of much harder rock included in it.
    • Some completed statues at Rano Raraku were placed there permanently and not parked temporarily awaiting removal. [21]
    • Some were indeed incomplete when the statue-building era came to an end.

    Craftsmen Edit

    It is not known exactly which group in the communities were responsible for carving statues. Oral traditions suggest that the moʻai were carved either by a distinguished class of professional carvers who were comparable in status to high-ranking members of other Polynesian craft guilds, or, alternatively, by members of each clan. The oral histories show that the Rano Raraku quarry was subdivided into different territories for each clan.

    Transportation Edit

    Since the island was largely treeless by the time the Europeans first visited, the movement of the statues was a mystery for a long time pollen analysis has now established that the island was almost totally forested until 1200 CE. The tree pollen disappeared from the record by 1650. [ citation needed ]

    It is not known exactly how the moʻai were moved across the island. Earlier researchers assumed that the process almost certainly required human energy, ropes, and possibly wooden sledges (sleds) and/or rollers, as well as leveled tracks across the island (the Easter Island roads). Another theory suggests that the moʻai were placed on top of logs and were rolled to their destinations. [22] If that theory is correct it would take 50–150 people to move the moʻai. [ citation needed ] The most recent study demonstrates from the evidence in the archaeological record that the statues were harnessed with ropes from two sides and made to "walk" by tilting them from side to side while pulling forward. [4] [6] [23] [24] They would also use a chant, whilst 'walking' the moʻai. Coordination and cohesion were essential, so they developed a chant in which the rhythm helped them pull at the precise moment necessary. [25] [ better source needed ]

    Oral histories recount how various people used divine power to command the statues to walk. The earliest accounts say a king named Tuu Ku Ihu moved them with the help of the god Makemake, while later stories tell of a woman who lived alone on the mountain ordering them about at her will. Scholars currently support the theory that the main method was that the moʻai were "walked" upright (some assume by a rocking process), as laying it prone on a sledge (the method used by the Easter Islanders to move stone in the 1860s) would have required an estimated 1500 people to move the largest moʻai that had been successfully erected. In 1998, Jo Anne Van Tilburg suggested fewer than half that number could do it by placing the sledge on lubricated rollers. In 1999, she supervised an experiment to move a nine-tonne moʻai. A replica was loaded on a sledge built in the shape of an A frame that was placed on rollers and 60 people pulled on several ropes in two attempts to tow the moʻai. The first attempt failed when the rollers jammed up. The second attempt succeeded when tracks were embedded in the ground. This was on flat ground and used eucalyptus wood rather than the native palm trees. [26]

    In 1986, Pavel Pavel, Thor Heyerdahl and the Kon-Tiki Museum experimented with a five-tonne moʻai and a nine-tonne moʻai. With a rope around the head of the statue and another around the base, using eight workers for the smaller statue and 16 for the larger, they "walked" the moʻai forward by swiveling and rocking it from side to side however, the experiment was ended early due to damage to the statue bases from chipping. Despite the early end to the experiment, Thor Heyerdahl estimated that this method for a 20-tonne statue over Easter Island terrain would allow 320 feet (100 m) per day. Other scholars concluded that it was probably not the way the moʻai were moved due to the reported damage to the base caused by the "shuffling" motion. [26] [27]

    Around the same time, archaeologist Charles Love experimented with a 10-tonne replica. His first experiment found rocking the statue to walk it was too unstable over more than a few hundred yards. He then found that placing the statue upright on two sled runners atop log rollers, 25 men were able to move the statue 150 feet (46 m) in two minutes. In 2003, further research indicated this method could explain supposedly regularly spaced post holes (his research on this claim has not yet been published) where the statues were moved over rough ground. He suggested the holes contained upright posts on either side of the path so that as the statue passed between them, they were used as cantilevers for poles to help push the statue up a slope without the requirement of extra people pulling on the ropes and similarly to slow it on the downward slope. The poles could also act as a brake when needed. [28]

    Based on detailed studies of the statues found along prehistoric roads, archaeologists Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo have shown that the pattern of breakage, form and position of statues is consistent with an "upright" hypothesis for transportation. [4] Hunt and Lipo argue that when the statues were carved at a quarry, the sculptors left their bases wide and curved along the front edge. They showed that statues along the road have a center of mass that causes the statue to lean forward. As the statue tilts forward, it rocks sideways along its curved front edge and takes a "step." Large flakes are seen broken off of the sides of the bases. They argue that once the statue was "walked" down the road and installed in the landscape, the wide and curved base was carved down. [29] All of this evidence points to an upright transportation practice.

    Recent experimental recreations have proven that it is fully possible that the moʻai were literally walked from their quarries to their final positions by ingenious use of ropes. Teams of workers would have worked to rock the moʻai back and forth, creating the walking motion and holding the moʻai upright. [23] [30] If correct, it can be inferred that the fallen road moʻai were the result of the teams of balancers being unable to keep the statue upright, and it was presumably not possible to lift the statues again once knocked over. [31] However, the debate continues. [32]

    Birdman cult Edit

    Originally, Easter Islanders had a paramount chief or single leader. [ citation needed ] Through the years the power levels veered from sole chiefs to a warrior class known as matatoʻa. The therianthropic figure of a half bird and half-man was the symbol of the matatoʻa the distinct character connected the sacred site of Orongo. The new cult prompted battles of tribes over worship of ancestry. Creating the moʻai was one way the islanders would honor their ancestors during the height of the birdman cult there is evidence which suggests that the construction of moʻai stopped.

    "One of the most fascinating sights at Orongo are the hundreds of petroglyphs carved with birdman and Makemake images. Carved into solid basalt, they have resisted ages of harsh weather. It has been suggested that the images represent birdman competition winners. Over 480 birdman petroglyphs have been found on the island, mostly around Orongo." [33] Orongo, the site of the cult's festivities, was a dangerous landscape which consisted of a "narrow ridge between a 1,000-foot (300 m) drop into the ocean on one side and a deep crater on the other". Considered the sacred spot of Orongo, Mata Ngarau was the location where birdman priests prayed and chanted for a successful egg hunt. "The purpose of the birdman contest was to obtain the first egg of the season from the offshore islet Motu Nui. Contestants descended the sheer cliffs of Orongo and swam to Motu Nui where they awaited the coming of the birds. Having procured an egg, the contestant swam back and presented it to his sponsor, who then was declared birdman for that year, an important status position." [34]

    Moʻai Kavakava Edit

    These figures are much smaller than the better-known stone moʻai. They are made of wood and have a small, slender aspect, giving them a sad appearance. These figures are believed to have been made after the civilization on Rapa Nui began to collapse, which is why they seem to have a more emaciated appearance to them. [35]

    1722–1868 toppling of the moʻai Edit

    At some point after the 1722 Jacob Roggeveen arrival, all of the moʻai that had been erected on ahu were toppled, with the last standing statues reported in 1838 by Abel Aubert du Petit-Thouars, and no upright statues by 1868, [36] apart from the partially buried ones on the outer slopes of Rano Raraku.

    Oral histories include one account of a clan pushing down a single moʻai in the night, but others refer to the "earth shaking", and there are indications that at least some of them fell down due to earthquakes. [37] Some of the moʻai toppled forward such that their faces were hidden, and often fell in such a way that their necks broke others fell off of the back of their platforms. [37] Today, about 50 moʻai have been re-erected on their ahus or at museums elsewhere. [38]

    The Rapa Nui people were then devastated by the slave trade that began at the island in 1862. Within a year, the individuals that remained on the island were sick, injured, and lacking leadership. The survivors of the slave raids had new company from landing missionaries. The remaining populace converted to Christianity. Native Easter Islanders lost their identity, as first their style of clothing and then their tattoos and body paint were banned by the new Christian proscriptions. The history of their ancestors was destroyed (artwork, buildings, sacred objects), leaving little record of their former lives. They were then subjected to forced removal from their native lands and made to reside on a much smaller portion of the island, while the rest was used for farming. [33] "Eventually all pure Rapa Nui blood died out. Annexation with Chile brought new influences, and today there are only a few individuals left with ties to the original population." [33] [ better source needed ]

    Removal Edit

    Eleven or more moʻai have been removed from the island and transported to locations around the world, including six out of the thirteen moʻai that were carved from basalt.


    Some researchers have argued that the Rapa Nui, as the islanders were known, died out after using up the natural resources on their tiny, 163-square-kilometre speck of land in the south-eastern Pacific Ocean. Others say the island’s population collapsed after Europeans brought diseases and pestilence — and took many survivors as slaves.

    But new research suggests another possibility: that harsh environmental conditions on the island — from variations in rainfall to declining soil quality — caused a decline, but not a collapse, in the native population before the Europeans arrived in 1722, Live Science reported.

    “The results of our research were really quite surprising to me,” Dr. Thegn Ladefoged, professor of anthropology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and the co-author of a paper describing the research, said in an email to The Huffington Post. “In short, our research does not support the suggestion that societal collapse occurred prior to European contact due to physical erosion and productivity decline, but it does indicate that use of less optimal environmental regions changed prior to European contact.”

    Jan 12, 2015 #6 2015-01-12T10:03

    The problem is that they were looking through a filter Pen. They wanted to find this type of result. Which sounds very similar to a global warming scenario. Is that why the study was done? Their way of achieving it still seems like a bit of a reach. The explorer reports on this island said there were trees there when I was in high school, but recently those have been called glorified shrubs. You decide.

    Dec 09, 2015 #7 2015-12-09T13:14

    See the circle near the base of the spine? I think those markings are of a spiritual nature and to do with Kundalini. The circle the snake energy coiled. the straight line up the spine to the head is where the energy travels when awakened.

    New Photos Reveal Giant Easter Island Moai Statues are Covered in Mysterious Symbols . ols-020389

    Feb 17, 2016 #8 2016-02-17T02:04

    Artifacts unearthed in Rapa Nui, Chile once believed to have been spearheads were more likely used as general purpose tools instead, a new analysis has discovered, indicating that the ancient civilization of Easter Island was not wiped out by warfare as previously believed.

    The new study, led by Binghamton University anthropology professor Carl Lipo and published in the latest edition of the journal Antiquity, looked at the thousands of triangle-shaped, obsidian objects known as mata’a found on the surface of the island – long thought to be weapons due to their quantity and the fact that they were made of sharp glass.

    Jul 28, 2016 #9 2016-07-28T00:07

    Those famous giant heads on Easter Island are there for some reason, but that reason has baffled researchers since they were first found. A new discovery may lead to a new possibility: they‘re guarding a Fountain of Youth. Scientists studying a soil bacteria found on Easter Island uncovered a drug that has anti-aging properties. If it’s true, why didn’t it help the natives of the island? Did they offend the giant heads guarding it?

    As part of a 1964 expedition, Canadian microbiologist Georges Nógrády traveled to Easter Island to search for an answer to why the Rapa Nui – Easter Island’s native people – seemed to be immune to the bacterial infection tetanus. One of the 67 soil samples he brought back also contained a new microbe called Streptomyces hygroscopicus that killed fungi. They called it rapamycin for the Rapa Nui. Compounds made from rapamycin – called rapalogs – were found to be immunosuppressants and anticancer agents.

    Unfortunately, Ayerst Pharmaceutical – the company with the rapamycin – shut the lab down in 1982 and ended the research. Fortunately, microbiologist Suren Sehgal saved some of the samples and kept them in his freezer in a package marked “Don’t Eat!” According to the history of rapamycin published recently in Chemical & Engineering News, research eventually began again and the new anti-aging properties were discovered.

    While studying how rapamycin suppresses the protein mTOR to fight cancer tumors and protect transplant patients from organ rejection, scientists found that this also seemed to extend the lifespan of yeast, nematode worms, and fruit flies. In 2009, it was tested on mice and found to lengthen their lives by 9 percent in males and 14 percent in females. In older mice, the increase reached 30 percent and the drug also suppressed cancer and Alzheimer’s.

    Tests have also been conducted on marmosets and this year rapamycin was tested on a small sampling of dogs and found to improve age-related heart conditions. It was also revealed that the drug company Novartis has been testing a compound derived from rapamycin on humans and found it increased immune response to a flu vaccine by 20 percent. Future tests are expected to focus on the drug’s anti-aging properties.

    Statue of easter island

    The Easter Island, known initially as Rapa Nui, is situated in the Southeast Pacific and is famous for its carvings. The statues take the form of human nature, and are known by the natives as moai. History has it that the sculptures were made from 1000 C.E. By the time the century was halfway the [ Researchers have long puzzled over why the huge Easter Island statues were placed where they are. However, a new study says the people of Rapa Nui, as the island is called in the local language. Easter Island. Easter Island is the farthest island of all land, its nearest neighbor is about 2000km away. It is a volcanic island, created by 3 volcanoes whose craters are perfectly visible. Initially forested island has gradually been cleared at the rate of building statues, each requiring some tree trunks for their transport It's called Easter Island, and its most interesting feature is a collection of massive stone statues, called moai. The island got its name from a Dutch explorer, Jacob Roggeveen. The first day he saw the island was Easter Sunday in 1722. The island's Polynesian name is Rapa Nui, and the indigenous people are also known as Rapa Nui The Statues of Easter Island A riddle of engineering hasn't stopped archaeologists from debating how the giant carved stones were transported around the island. By Jess Blumberg

    What Are the Moai Statues of Easter Island

    1. Easter Island (Rapa Nui in Polynesian) is a Chilean island in the southern Pacific Ocean famous for it's stone head statues called Moai. When you first see a Moai statue you are drawn to its disproportionately large head (compared to body length) and that is why they are commonly called Easter Island Heads
    2. The Moai Statues of Easter Island. Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui and Isla de Pascua, is one of those far away places we heard about but never thought we would have the opportunity to experience firsthand. The remote island seems almost fictional, like something out of a childhood bedtime story
    3. Practically everyone has seen the iconic images of the Easter Island heads. What you may not have known is that those Easter Island heads actually have hidden buried bodies

    Easter Island (Rapa Nui: Rapa Nui, Spanish: Isla de Pascua) is an island and special territory of Chile in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle in Oceania.Easter Island is most famous for its nearly 1,000 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people.In 1995, UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage Site. The Easter Island Project The team analyzed soils at the foot of two of the structures, which archaeologists believe were erected by or before A.D. 1510 to A.D. 1645, and found chemical evidence. Easter Island statues 'walked' into position, say experts. Read more. The results of the new research, published in the journal Plos One, reveal proximity to freshwater sites is the best. The Moai are some of the world's most fascinating and widely-recognised monolithic statues. Located on the remote Chilean territory of Easter Island, they tell a mysterious story of the island's early people and their obsession with rock carvings. Much research has been carried out on these famous statues and many of the damaged and fallen statues have since been restored around the island The Arabic, Chinese, Croatian andGreek names given are not official. (card names) The Chinese lore given is not official. (card lores

    Located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, is famous for immense, carved stone statues called moai.A completed moai is made of three parts: a large yellow body, a red hat or topknot (called pukao), and white inset eyes with a coral iris.. Approximately 1,000 of these sculptures, shaped with humanoid faces and torsos, were created, most of which range. Easter Island, Chilean dependency in the eastern Pacific Ocean. It is the easternmost outpost of the Polynesian island world and is famous for its giant stone statues. To its original inhabitants the island is known as Rapa Nui, and its population is predominantly of Polynesian descent . But how did the easter island population build hundreds of statues? Scien.. The easter island statues are known to have a body underneath the ground by the archaeologists, ever since the excavations in 1914. However, people referred to them as 'easter islands head' because most of the moai photographs taken were those in which half of the statue's body buried up to the shoulder

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    Moai statues are massive megaliths at Easter Island, and these are what this island is famous for.The moais were built in approximately 1400 - 1650 A.D. by the natives of this island also known as Rapa Nui.. Many know them as the Easter Island heads.This is a misconception from having seen photos of statues in the volcano Rano Raraku partitially covered up with soil Let us find out more about these incredible statues in this article titled 20 interesting Easter Island Statues facts. Interesting Easter Island Statues Facts: 1-10. 1. These statues are known as Moai and were carved by Rapa Nui people somewhere between 1250 CE and 1500 CE. 2. At first it may appear that the statue heads make up the whole of. A mystery in the South Pacific Ocean José Tuki is a 30-year-old artist from Easter Island in the South Pacific Ocean. He's sitting on Anakena beach and he's looking at enormous statues of people - the moai. The statues are from four feet tall to 33 feet tall. Some of them weigh more than 80 tons. They are hundreds of years old. The moai are made of a type of stone that doesn' ZYBZYH Easter Island Moai Head Planter Statue, Home Decor and garden ornament Statues, Collectible Figurine sandstone Sculpture Crafts Gift 10 X 11 X 14 CM £38.99 £ 38 . 99 FREE Deliver

    The Statue of Easter Island (World Championship 2005) Yu-Gi-Oh! 7 Trials to Glory: World Championship Tournament 2005: 2004-12-30: The Statue of Easter Island (World Championship 2006) Yu-Gi-Oh! Ultimate Masters: World Championship Tournament 2006: 2006-02-23: The Statue of Easter Island (anime) Anime: 2014-08-31: The Statue of Easter Island. The Easter Island statues are sacred to the people of the island, which they call Rapa Nui. Some of the statues are full figures, buried neck-deep in trenches, hillsides or quarries The statues of Easter Island are spread all around the island. This curious distribution is original because the exceptions are rare, and the island, small, thus offers to the sight a succession of individual Moais or in group relatively regularly distributed along the coast The Easter Islanders began constructing the statues shortly after they arrived on the island in the 13th century, according to the study. The rate of construction increased rapidly between the. Easter Island's towering stone heads, also called Moais, are monolithic statues that are believed to be constructed by the people of Rapa Nui. Most of them are head-torso figures which are known to be at least 500 years old

    The statues on Easter Island are among the most mysterious objects made by humans. We still don't know how they were moved, why they were placed at particular sites around the island, and why they were made in the first place. Now, researchers think they have at least some answers. Because a new analysis finds . Each one had a name of its own, and sometimes they were painted. It is also possible that they had a defined gender. The size and design of the statues of Easter Island evolved dramatically over time The statues have bodies, but in most cases the heads take up to 3/5ths of the statue, leading many people to refer to the statues as the Easter Island heads. It's long been theorized that the statues are representations of the Rapanui ancestors, watching over the people and protecting them from various threats

    The ancient Polynesians of Easter Island carved nearly 1000 massive statues (moai) from volcanic hyalotuff bedrock and transported about 500 along roads traversing a rugged landscape to monumental sites around the island, some as far as 16-18 km distance ().The largest of these statues is over ca. 10 m tall, weighs approximately 74 metric tons and was moved over 5 km One of the mysteries of Easter Island's moai statues is why islanders dragged them to the coast. Now, scientists think they may be markers for hidden water sources Her Easter Island Statue Project is supported in part by UCLA's Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. Tom Wake, a Cotsen Institute colleague, analyzes small-animal remains from the excavation site. Van Tilburg also serves as director of UCLA's Rock Art Archive. How the Easter Island Statues Received Their Hats: Final Repor

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    Named Easter Island by the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen, who first spied it on Easter Day 1722, this tiny spit of volcanic rock in the vast South Seas is, even today, the most remote inhabited. Easter Island statues mystery SOLVED: Scientists claim island civilisation DIDN'T COLLAPSE THE giant Easter Island stone heads may very well be a mystery lost to time but a team of scientists.

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    1. For centuries, scientists have tried to solve the mystery of how the colossal stone statues of Easter Island moved. Now there's a new theory—and it rocks
    2. Photo: courtesy the Easter Island Statue Project. Easter Island's monumental stone heads are well-known, but there's more to the story: all along, the sculptures have secretly had torsos.
    3. Easter Island is one of the islands located in the Southeastern Pacific Ocean. Its a Polynesian island. The island is known because it has 887 statues that are called Moai. These statues were made by the Rapa Nui people. Where is Easter Island Located? Easter Island is located around 2,300 miles from Chile and around Continue reading Easter Island Facts for Kid
    4. Easter Island covers roughly 64 square miles in the South Pacific Ocean, and is located some 2,300 miles from Chile's west coast and 2,500 miles east o
    5. Mysterious Easter Island statues with their large heads have been eliciting numerous questions from the academics and fascinating visitors for years. Have a look at the photos and get inspired to travel there to check them out in person. It is so worth it

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    • However, while Easter Island Statue Project excavations have certainly revealed much more about the statues and their bodies, the fact that they were not just heads has been known for centuries. In fact, many photographs of the statues show both heads and bodies above ground
    • Feb 2, 2019 - Explore Rick Morrison's board Easter Island Statues on Pinterest. See more ideas about Easter island, Easter island statues, Island
    • Easter Island, the South Pacific territory home to some 1,000 sacred moai statues, now has one less of them. A resident of the Polynesian island crashed his truck into one of the revered.
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    • The mysterious Easter Island statues — hundreds of huge, ancient carved stone heads that guard the hilly Pacific island landscape — may actually have bodies, according to an email showing.

    Easter Island discovery: Experts unravel mystery of ancient statues. IT'S a sight that has long baffled experts, but new research is finally shedding light on Easter Island's most perplexing. It is believed that there are approximately 900 of these statues on Easter Island. These statues actually represent human forms and generally feature the statue's body down to the thighs. Due to the fact that the head of each statue comprises 3/5 of the entire statue, the Moai are commonly referred to as the Easter Island heads. Rapa Nu

    Easter Island's famous moai statues have long puzzled visitors and scientists. New research suggests they were guardians of natural resources, like freshwater and fertile soils For decades, mystery has swirled around what happened to the founding population of the remote Easter Island. A long-held theory suggests they destroyed their own society through infighting and a. Rapa Nui, Easter Island's native population of 4 thousand people, has the richest and absolutely unique mythology. Furthermore, this is the only island in the entire Polynesian region that developed a written language. And of course, we have to mention the main tourist attraction of Easter Island — famous moai statues

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    1. g and costly effort. Visiting Easter Island and the mystery of the Moai statues was an incredible experience for our family. Easter Island (Rapa Nui) is definitely kid-friendly and a wonderful place to travel and explore with your whole.
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    3. Giant moai statues dot the grassy flanks of an extinct volcano on Easter Island. Photograph by Christian Wilkinson, Your Sho
    4. Cristián Arévalo Pakarati/Easter Island Statue Project. This diagram shows the excavation history of Moai 156, Rano Raraku quarry, Rapa Nui. The red dashed line is the estimated surface when petroglyphs, or rock art, were applied to the statue's back. This line also represents the point at which stone quarrying in the area probably ended
    5. Easter Island - Easter Island - Archaeology: The island is famous for its gigantic stone statues, of which there are more than 600, and for the ruins of giant stone platforms (ahus) with open courtyards on their landward sides, some of which show masterly construction. Archaeological surveys were carried out in 1886, 1914, and 1934 archaeological excavations were initiated in 1955
    6. Easter Island is home to 887 monolithic carvings, called moai statues. The moai were built by the Rapa Nui, who were native to the island, somewhere between the years 1400-1650. The largest of the moai weigh up to 86 tons and can be as much as 30 feet tall, although the average size is about half that big, according to Easter Island Travel

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    1. Easter Island secret: Stone statue's 'hidden bodies' discovered by archaeologists exposed ARCHAEOLOGISTS discovered the famous Easter Island heads have hidden bodies below the ground.
    2. Her Easter Island Statue Project is supported in part by UCLA's Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. Tom Wake, a Cotsen Institute colleague, analyzes small-animal remains from the excavation site. Van Tilburg also serves as director of UCLA's Rock Art Archive
    3. Easter Island is home to some of the most famous, and yet most mysterious, statues in the world. In this lesson, we'll check out the statues of this remote Polynesian island and explore the.

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    [Photos of Walking Easter Island Statues] Rapa Nui, located in the Pacific Ocean about 2,300 miles (3,700 kilometers) east of Chile, was first populated by people around 800 years ago One of Easter Island's world-famous moai statues has been destroyed in an accident.A Chilean island resident was arrested on Sunday after his truck — a private vehicle, not a commercial one. The following statistics on Easter Island's moai are the results of Van Tilburg's survey in 1989. She reported, A total of 887 monolithic statues has been located by the survey to date on Easter. The sacred statues of Easter Island have been around for at least 600 years. For centuries, the 1,000 or so stone anthropomorphic monoliths, called moai, on the craggy island off the coast. UFO expert Scott Waring claimed to have spotted strange statues in an image of Mars taken by NASA's Curiosity rover in 2015 Waring said the statues looked like the Easter Island's monolithic figure

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    1. Easter Island is a small place 2,000 miles off the coast of Chile, and it was a Chilean truck driver who slammed into one of the island's sacred statues, part of a collection known as the moai. There are approximately 1,000 moai on Easter Island, monuments that are hugely significant to the Rapa Nui community
    2. A Chilean man was arrested after crashing his truck into one of the sacred Easter Island Heads, causing the local mayor to call for vehicle restrictions as levels of tourism to the island rise
    3. Easter Island Statues, Abstract Panoramic or Panorama Banner. Abstract concept with a series of Easter Island statues in a banner image with a meadow of green. Lego Easter Island Statues. Easter Island statues made with lego bricks. Part of exhibition at Legoland Windsor uk
    4. The mayor of Easter Island has called for vehicle restrictions to be introduced around its archaeological sites after a pick-up truck hit one of the island's famous stone statues, causing.

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    • The Moai statues on Easter Island, which is situated 2,000 miles west of Chile. Carlos Barria file / R. Unlike in Europe, however,.
    • The Moai statues of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) One of the world's most famous yet least visited archaeological sites, Easter Island is a small, hilly, now treeless island of volcanic origin. Located in the Pacific Ocean at 27 degrees south of the equator and some 2200 miles (3600 kilometers) off the coast of Chile, it is considered to be the world's most remote inhabited island
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    • Easter Island's gargantuan stone statues walked. That is the controversial claim from archaeologists who have demonstrated the feat with a 4.4-tonne model of one of the baffling busts
    • The Moai statues of Easter Island. It is estimated that there are 900 statues and more than 300 'Ahu' ceremonial platforms on the Island. Although their appearance is fairly uniform, the Moai range in height from 6 foot tall to an impressive 65 feet tall
    • The massive 887 stone statues or moai built in Easter Island by the Rapa Nui are unique. Although there are stone figures in other Polynesian islands none of them are of the size of the Easter Island statues. The largest finished statue reaches more than 30 feet or 9.14 meters and the smallest 6 feet or 1.80 meters
    • Easter Island Statue Project Conservation Initiative. Season V Excavation Summary. RR-001-156 and Square 4, RR-001-157. Jo Anne Van Tilburg. November 2011. Introduction. This report is another in a series of reports dealing with the excavation of statues RR-001-156 and RR-001-157 in Rano Raraku quarry, Rapa Nui, Chile
    • The Easter Island Statue Project (EISP) was founded by Jo Anne Van Tilburg in 1982. Since 2000 she has served as EISP co-director with her Rapa Nui colleague, Cristián Arévalo Pakarati. Their collaboration represents the longest, continuous international scientific collaboration inRapa Nui history

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    Some of Easter Island's moai statues are adorned with large red hats, the heaviest of which weigh as much as 13 tons. Archaeologists have to struggled to understand how these hats were. - Standing some 2,000 miles west of Chile, on the Easter Island, 887 mysterious giant statues have intrigued scientists and the public for years. For a long time it was believed that the massive statutes consisted of just the heads. However, in October 2011, when the Easter Island Statue Project began its Season V expedition, scientists could reveal remarkable photos showing. In 1868 a giant Easter Island statue was dug up by the crew of a Royal Navy frigate and transported to England, where it was presented to Queen Victoria as a gift

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    Easter Island's famous statues are 'tightly linked' to sources of drinkable freshwater, scientists claim. They were erected to indicate the best sources of water on the otherwise parched island HOME / / Moai Statues of Easter Island, Chile Mini Version. Paper Craft. Interior Beginner Series World Heritage gray Sightseeing. Moai Statues of Easter Island, Chile Mini Version Artist: K.Yoshinaka / STpers. Paper Size. Color. Download: Number of Sheets : 1 (1.3MB). Easter Island is a part of the Polynesian Islands located in the South Pacific Ocean and it is approximately 2,350 miles from Chile's coastline. Easter Island is famously know for 887 monumental statues called moai situated around the island as well as the mysterious disappearance of the island's inhabitants A new study suggests that the mysterious moai statues on Easter Island were placed to mark sources of fresh water. Image in public domain. A Polynesian population called the Rapa Nui arrived on.

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    70 Hoa Hakananai'a Easter Island Statue. Stone statue, from Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile AD 1000-1200. Rapa Nui - Easter Island - is the most remote inhabited island, not just in the Pacific, but in the world Though moai are whole-body statues, they are erroneously referred to as Easter Island heads in some popular literature. This is partly because of the disproportionate size of most moai heads and partly because, many of the iconic images for the island showing upright moai on the island are the statues on the slopes of Rano Raraku, many of which are buried to their shoulders The massive stone statues of Easter Island—called Rapu Nui by its inhabitants—have mystified us ever since Europeans first landed on the island in 1722. By then, the story of the 887 statues—or Moai in the Rapa Nui language—had been lost from the collective memory of the Rapu Nui people

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    Easter Island is one of the world's most isolated inhabited islands. It is 3,600 km to the west of Chile and 2,075 km east of Pitcairn. The total area of Easter Island is 163.6 Square kilometres or 63.1 square miles Easter Island's famous moai statues slowly fading away. For years, archaeologists have wondered how the mysterious statues came to dot the island in the Pacific Title Easter Island Statue Project-Sustainable Archaeology on Easter Island Summary The primary purpose of the Easter Island Statue Project (EISP) is to shed light on the complexities of prehistory by integrating the monolithic statues of Rapa Nui (Easter Island), that were carved by the ancestors of the current population, into the time line of Rapa Nui prehistory Her Easter Island Statue Project is supported in part by UCLA's Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. Tom Wake, a Cotsen Institute colleague, analyzes small-animal remains from the excavation site 81-96 of 278 results for easter island statues Distinctive Designs Greek/Roman Style Female Statue Head Cement Planter 9 4.6 out of 5 stars 83. $31.95 $ 31. 95. Get it as soon as Fri, Aug 28. FREE Shipping by Amazon. Plow & Hearth Reading Rabbit Outdooor Yard and Garden Resin Animal Statue 5¾ L x 6 W x 9¼ H

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    The 887 giant moai statues on Easter Island have turned one of the most isolated islands in the world into one of the most well known—and most mysterious. With each year, more theories arise concerning the island, the statues, and the Rapa Nui people who once lived there. Here are some of the most fascinating ones. 10 The Moai Walke For many people, the idea of the Easter Island statues - otherwise known as Moai - is something akin to a manmade phenomenon. Like many other items that we find scattered across the Earth, the origins and the format of these amazing monolithic figurines is something of great debate

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    In recent years the Easter Island Statue Project has undertaken efforts to excavate and study some of the moai, thereby revealing previously hidden portions of the statues. Published 12 May 2012 B The moai are undoubtedly the most well-known feature of Easter Island, sometimes called by its original name, Rapa Nui. Moai are the giant stone sculptures scattered across the island, sometimes referred to as heads, though they are actually full-body statues. (Some of them were buried up to their necks, and the heads are disproportionately large.) These have been a subject of. This island is a dependency of Chile in the eastern Pacific Ocean and 2,200 miles west from Chile, as says. The Guardian says that there are 300 statues on Easter Island (also called Rapa Nui) and this started in the 13th century. says tha Explaining how the monumental statues (moai) of Easter Island were transported has remained open to debate and speculation, including their resource expenditures and role in deforestation.Archaeological evidence including analysis of moai variability, particularly those abandoned along ancient roads, indicates transport was achieved in a vertical position Jo Anne Van Tilburg, an archaeologist and director of the Easter Island Statue Project, the longest-running research project into the statues, said by telephone interview that British sailors were.

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    British on Easter Island to return a statue . Santiago de Chile (AFP) A team from the British Museum arrived on Easter Island on Tuesday to talk with the local community about the possible return of one of the giant statues of the island, taken to London in the nineteenth century Moai Statue, Easter Island Head, Concrete Statue, Cement Statue, Easter Island Statue, Garden Statue, Hand Cast Stone, Yard Art StatuesShop. From shop StatuesShop. 5 out of 5 stars (6) 6 reviews. Sale Price $127.80 $ 127.80 $ 142.00 Original Price $142.00 (10% off). Statues of Easter Island synonyms, Statues of Easter Island pronunciation, Statues of Easter Island translation, English dictionary definition of Statues of Easter Island. n , pl moai any of the gigantic carved stone figures found on Easter Island Saturday, January 12, 2019 . A United-States-based team of scientists released findings on Thursday about the large statues that dot the island of Rapa Nui, also called Easter Island.The study.

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    Main card page: The Statue of Easter Island The Statue of Easter Island イースター島(とう)のモアイ Japanese: イースター島のモアイ Romaji: Īsutā Tō no Moai Translated: Moai of Easter Island #637: Stone Ghost #639: Muka Muka The Duelists of the Roses cards (list · gallery) #638: The Statue of Easter Island Gallery.. Easter Island, an island in the South Pacific Ocean, provides a look into ancient Polynesian history. Eight hundred eighty-seven stone statues, built by the Rapa Nui people, stand tall and decorate the island. Most statues have a human head and a torso. It has been discovered that, at one time.

    Easter Island pictures: Check out Tripadvisor members' 16,681 candid photos and videos of landmarks, hotels, and attractions in Easter Island Set: Dark Beginning 2 Card type: Normal Monster Rarity: Common Attack: 1100 Defense: 1400 A stone monument from Easter Island that launches laser blasts from its rock-hewn lips The same hand and arm positions exist on the torsos of the Moai Easter Island statues which are relatively the same height at 15 feet (4.5 meters) as the Göbekli Tepe anthropomorphic figures. In 2010, when archeologists dug down below the Easter Island stone heads, it was revealed the limbs were resting on bodies with the same odd hand position

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