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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Palate Cleanser

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. 

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