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Easter Island’s Statues Reveal Bodies Covered With Unknown Ancient Petroglyphs

Above: The statutes on Easter Island have bodies covered with ancient undeciphered petroglyphs. Image credit: EISP.ORG

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 that the bodies of the statues go far deeper underground than just about anyone had imagined.

Project director Jo Anne Van Tilburg said: “Our EISP excavations recently exposed the torsos of two 7m tall statues.

A close-up of petroglyphs on the back of one of the statues. Image credit: EISP.ORG

“We found a round, deep post hole into which the Rapa Nui had inserted a tree trunk,” she said. Van Tilburg said ropes were attached to the tree trunk and to the partially carved statue. “We found a rope guide that was actually carved into the bedrock near the statue.” The Rapa Nui then used the tree trunk to raise the statue upright. Before the statue was upright, they carved its front. Once it stood erect, they finished the back, Van Tilburg explained.

The excavation team also found about 800 grams of natural red pigment — nearly two pounds — in the burial hole, along with a human burial. Van Tilburg believes the pigment was used to paint the statues, just as the Rapa Nui used pigment to paint their bodies for certain ceremonies.


The unusually large amount of pigment found indicates that it might have been used by a priest or chief, perhaps as part of mortuary practice, she said. Human bones were found throughout the dig, indicating that people buried their dead around the statues.

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of visitors to the island have been astonished to see that, indeed, Easter Island statues have bodies!

More important, however, we discovered a great deal about the Rapa Nui techniques of ancient engineering.”

Among their discoveries, the team discovered:

  • · The dirt and detritus partially burying the statues was washed down from above and not deliberately placed there to bury, protect, or support the statues
  • · The statues were erected in place and stand on stone pavements
  • · Post holes were cut into bedrock to support upright tree trunks
  • · Rope guides were cut into bedrock around the post holes
  • · Posts, ropes, stones, and different types of stone tools were all used to carve and raise the statues upright

The two “heads” in the quarry where Van Tilburg’s team dug are standing figures with torsos, truncated at the waist, that have become partially buried by eroded dirt and detritus over centuries.

Van Tilburg with two workers from her Rapa Nui team of diggers. Image credit: EISP.ORG
 
On the project website, Van Tilburg said: “We found large quantities of red, some of which may have been used to paint the statues.
 
Finally, and perhaps most poignantly, we found in the pavement under one statue a single stone carved with a crescent symbol said to represent a canoe, or vaka.
 
The backs of both statues are covered with petroglyphs, many of which are also vaka.
 
A direct connection between the vaka symbol and the identity of the artist or group owning the statue is strongly suggested.”
Image credit: EISP.ORG
Image credit: EISP.ORG
Image credit: EISP.ORG
Still, many of these ancient petroglyphs remain undeciphered and the history of one of the most remote islands in the world is now even more mysterious than ever. 
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29 Comments on "Easter Island’s Statues Reveal Bodies Covered With Unknown Ancient Petroglyphs"

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What a find….

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Mor facts ?

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wowser

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What is that it looks amazing

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Span Fren annu quila shen abyl

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Tourism must be at an all time low.

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they have actually known that for many years now.

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Guten abend und in Gladbeck da sehe ich echte UFOs gesehen arber nur abends und nur nachts OK grus aus Gladbeck

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Nothing to do with UFOs though !

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So funny, that scientists didn’t even think about looking at the base of the Head all these years.
I would’ve looked at it and said what’s at the base if any?

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i think they were buried for a reason too and now that the glyphs or carvings are uncovered i get a sense of unease.

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I think the earth is getting bigger

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They were buried for a reason, GIANTS perhaps?

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The figures are actually “effigies”” or images of the Visitors to whom the Islanders were so in awe of “way back when”!

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What if they feared them and that’s why they were put into the Ground, therefore occupying these statues, to keep them safe?

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PROBABLE REDUG DEEPER AND THROW THEM IN LIKE SOUTH AMERICA MAYA FIND HUGE LADY LOL

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Aliens with ancient tattoos

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Can’t believe no one decided to check this year’s ago

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Me too, I think is just fake or photoshop…

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Now let the naysayers explain this.

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Thor Heyerdahl never mentioned petroglyphs…and he spent a whole year in the island…

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Every Alien species that visited Earth, influenced different human civilizations in many ways.

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The truth 👏

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Thankyou

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Johny quest already found an alien ship and alien remains in ester island back in the 90s. .

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