Recent excavations in Easter Island are revealing new discoveries about Moai monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people between the years 1250 and 1500. Image © Easter Island Statue Project
According to new theory the recently found bodies of Moai monolithic statues, were buried as a result of erosion.
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The Moai are monolithic statues, their minimalist style related to forms found throughout Polynesia. Moai are carved in relatively flat planes, the faces bearing proud but enigmatic expressions. The over-large heads (a three-to-five ratio between the head and the body, a sculptural trait that demonstrates the Polynesian belief in the sanctity of the chiefly head) have heavy brows and elongated noses with a distinctive fish-hook-shaped curl of the nostrils.
MSNBC’s Dara Brown speaks with Dr. Jo Anne Van Tillburg, archaeologist and director of the Easter Island Statue Project, about the finding from recent excavations.