Easter Island statues have bodies
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Saw this while scanning the Google News page the other day. Apparently they've known this for a few months at least, so I'm not sure why it's making the news now.
Here's a link to the Easter Island Statue Project Page: http://www.eisp.org/4230/
See, I'm not the only one that stands around holding my crotch with a stoic expression on my face.
I don't care how and when you hold your crotch - too much information ;-)
How much more impressive is that statue with the base revealed? What a feat to manouvere those into position.
... nobody checked this until now? You've gotta be shitting me!
Then again, judging by the nifty pantsuit the dude in blue is wearing, I'd say they've know it at least since the seventies.
There is an eerie similarity between this figure and the archetypical Don Martin cartoon...
Actually they've known about the bodies for a long time. There were pictures published of them a hundred years ago.
Thanks, PhaedraB, for a minute there I thought I must have imagined reading about this around 30 years ago. I seem to recall something about this having made it easier to position the statues as they could be manouvered over the edge then tipped into the hole using the statue's own weight against itself to act like a see-saw in raising it to the vertical. Makes sense when you think about it. I don't remember seeing the hands before and I know very little (and want to know less) about 'the beautiful game' but my first thought on seeing the photo (above) was 'penalty shoot-out'.
I thought i read somewhere that they had hats as well. their sunglasses however, have yet to be found.
Yeah, I too could've sworn I'd seen them with more than just heads exposed at some point
Haha! The Easter Island bouncers :-D Too bad they let the Europeans in without checking their IDs first...
>18 Feicht: Haha --how true! Wait -- weren't they dead before the Europeans arrived?
I am by no means a Polynesian expert, but my impression was that their society was on the downswing already (which may have caused them to erect the moai in the first place), and then the house of cards came tumbling down as soon as whitey showed up.
#15 Many (some?) of them had blocks of stone of a different colour on their heads - thought by some experts (I'm talking about experts in the 70's mind, no idea what they think now) to signify the red hair of one of the two 'clans'.
#19 & #20 - They were still there. Well, the skinny ones were, at least. (They'd started eating each other approximately 120 years before Europeans made an appearance.)
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