Did you know the Easter Island heads have bodies? Neither did I. Apparently this has been known since 1919 though. So I'm a little behind.
|I... aint got no body! Oh wait, yes I do.|
Led by UCLA archaeologist Jo Anne Van Tilburg, director of the Easter Island Statue Project, they have excavated two seven metre tall, full-size statures, estimated to weigh about 20 tonnes.
For anyone who has stood next to these huge, imposing heads, or marveled at how a primitive people moved them many kilometres from one side of the island to the other, it's a remarkable discovery.
Since 1990, the Easter Island Statue Project (EISP) has been undertaking an archaeological survey on Easter Island, aiming to create a full and complete, island-wide inventory for each statue.
"It is vital to have a good record of the statues," said the EISP's director Jo Anne Van Tilburg.