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Jun 2, 2012, 8:24am Top

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/

Jun 2, 2012, 10:39am Top

Somehow, that is comforting!

Jun 2, 2012, 1:24pm Top

See, I'm not the only one that stands around holding my crotch with a stoic expression on my face.

Jun 2, 2012, 1:55pm Top

I don't care how and when you hold your crotch - too much information ;-)

Jun 2, 2012, 2:05pm Top


Jun 2, 2012, 2:09pm Top

Maybe they're all supposed to be peeing into the South Pacific...

Jun 2, 2012, 2:15pm Top

Or flashing the incoming Europeans? bahaha

Jun 2, 2012, 3:03pm Top

He looks like he has a golfer's tan.

Edited: Jun 3, 2012, 8:58pm Top

How much more impressive is that statue with the base revealed? What a feat to manouvere those into position.

Jun 3, 2012, 11:31pm Top

... 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.

Jun 3, 2012, 11:33pm Top

There is an eerie similarity between this figure and the archetypical Don Martin cartoon...

Edited: Jun 3, 2012, 11:34pm Top

...but we won't know for sure until we see the feet.

Jun 4, 2012, 1:39am Top

Actually they've known about the bodies for a long time. There were pictures published of them a hundred years ago.


Jun 4, 2012, 7:09am Top

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'.

Jun 4, 2012, 9:44am Top

I thought i read somewhere that they had hats as well. their sunglasses however, have yet to be found.

Jun 4, 2012, 10:35am Top

Yeah, I too could've sworn I'd seen them with more than just heads exposed at some point

Jun 4, 2012, 10:38am Top

Jun 4, 2012, 10:50am Top

Haha! The Easter Island bouncers :-D Too bad they let the Europeans in without checking their IDs first...

Jun 4, 2012, 11:39am Top

>18 Feicht: Haha --how true! Wait -- weren't they dead before the Europeans arrived?

Jun 4, 2012, 11:52am Top

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.

Jun 4, 2012, 12:06pm Top

#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'.

Edited: Jun 4, 2012, 1:42pm Top

#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.)

Jun 4, 2012, 3:41pm Top

>22 clamairy: ok then. In that case, I agree with Feicht: they should have checked European IDs first! :)


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