Take a trip to the southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean, and you’ll find Easter Island. It’s a place we know for its… well, its giant rock monoliths. The nearly 1000 Easter Island heads, as they’re sometimes referred to (incorrectly so, but we’ll get to that), can be found all over the island. They’ve been a source of mystery and awe for centuries. So, too, have the Rapa Nui, the island’s aboriginal Polynesian inhabitants. Since 2003, a team of archaeologists has been working to restore and catalogue the statues. The EISP spent nine years on the island, and they’ve unearthed some pretty interesting things.
Pretty much everyone is already familiar with the Easter Island heads.
They’re actually called moai, and they were carved by the Rapa Nui people on an island at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle in Oceania. They aren’t actually just heads, either. There are bodies attached to those things.