Easter Island covers about 64 square miles in the South Pacific Ocean, 2,300 miles from Chile. The island is home to nearly 900 giant stone statues that date back several centuries.

The Rapa Nui are believed to have emigrated to the island around 300-400 A.D. It is held that the first king of Rapa Nui was Hoto-Matua, whose ship landed at Aneka, one of the few sandy beaches on the island's rock-infested coast.

The statues stand at an average height of 13 feet and weigh roughly 13 tons. To this day, no one knows why they were constructed or how they were moved around the island. 

The question of how the Rapa Nui moved the statues around became even more puzzling after scientists decided to do some digging. Literally.

Hidden from view, the heads are actually attached to bodies that extend several feet below the ground.

Found on the bodies of the statues were indecipherable writings known as petroglyphs.

A few of the unearthed statues feature the same petroglyphs, referred to by researchers as the "ring and girdle" design. It is believed to represent the sun and rainbow.

The tallest statue stands at nearly 33 feet and weighs approximately 82 tons. Another statue, found lying down, was measured at 71.93 feet in length.

Tuna vertebrae was even found near the bottom of an excavation, backing the claim that the original carvers were rewarded for their work in meals of tuna and lobster.

They may not have bodies like this artist rendering, but knowing that they're more than just a bunch of heads is truly awe-inspiring.

Posted by Latoya Sylvestre Monday, August 31, 2015 8:37:00 AM

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