A newly unearthed Moai statue has been found on Easter Island - Easter Island Photos On Canvas
Archaeologists have made a new discovery on Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, a Chilean territory. A smaller Moai statue, considered a sacred monument, was found buried in a dried-up lake bed that is not usually accessible to humans. Climate-related weather conditions likely caused the lake to dry up, allowing archaeologists to carry out the excavation. The island has nearly 1,000 extant monumental statues known as Moai, built by the early Rapa Nui people, with the tallest standing at 33 feet and weighing three to five tons on average. Salvador Atan Hito, the vice president of Ma'u Henua, the indigenous organization in charge of the island's national park, stated that this new Moai statue is a significant discovery for the Rapa Nui people, who were unaware of its existence. Terry Hunt, a professor of archaeology at the University of Arizona who specializes in Rapa Nui, added that there have been no Moai found in the dry bed or in what was previously a lake, making this a first. Archaeologists are now looking for evidence of Moai and tools that may have been used in their creation, and it is believed that there may be more Moai statues hidden in the lakebed sediments.
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