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Claim:   The "giant head" moai statues on Easter Island have bodies.

TRUE

Example:   [Collected via e-mail, May 2012]

The Stone Statues in Easter Island have bodies!

This is absolutely incredible. Here we've been thinking for all these years that they were just heads. They are going to be absolutely huge when they are completely excavated. It all just adds to the mystery of these amazing sculptures. Maybe now they can get more information about them seeing as they have writings on them.



 

Origins:   The 887 monolithic human figures carved from rock on Easter Island (known as moai) are familiar to many people through iconic images
that show the statues to be either just heads or a combination of heads and shoulders only. That conception of the Easter Island statues as nothing more than giant heads is reinforced by the fact that the heads on the statues are disproportionately large in comparison to their bodies and the circumstance that the bottoms of some of the statues are set deep into the ground. Although many viewers are surprised to learn the moai actually do have bodies, that information is not a recent discovery: many of the moai are situated fully above ground and are therefore displayed in their entirety, and some of them even sport arms and red hats.

In recent years the Easter Island Statue Project (EISP) has undertaken efforts to excavate and study some of the moai, thereby revealing previously hidden portions of the statues.

Last updated:   14 May 2012

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