Moai, giant stone statues on Easter Island.
Santiago de Chile – On Easter Island, scientists managed to discover another of the famous monolithic statues called moai. They discovered it at the bottom of a dry lake in one of the volcanic craters, where they were working to restore the wetlands there, The Guardian wrote. They intend to continue to leave the stone-carved head about 1.6 meters in the place where it was found.
The statue was uncovered by a team of volunteers at the end of February, and for experts the discovery is also important for research into the changing natural conditions on the island located in the Pacific Ocean about 3,500 kilometers west of Chile.
“It is, in my opinion, the first time , which managed to discover something in the volcanic basin. I believe that there will be more (statues),” Reuters quoted archaeologist José Miguel Ramírez as saying.
The lagoon in the Rano Raraku crater began to dry up in 2018. Before it was a lake up to three meters deep for 200 to 300 years, which means that at that time no one could move the statue there.
Easter Island, called Rapa Nui in the indigenous language, was made famous by the giant moai statues with large headless and legless, created by indigenous people in the 13th to 15th centuries. Originally, there were about 900 of them on the island, the largest of which measured about ten meters and weighed around 82 tons. Part of Easter Island is a national park that has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1995.