The fascinating Moais
According to history records, the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovered the island on Easter Sunday in 1722. He was astonished to find that the island was covered with hundreds of mysterious giant stone heads. These huge statues are called “Moai” and there are nearly 900 of them on the island. They are believed to be somewhere between 500 and 750 years old and many of them stand around the coast of the island with their backs to the sea. Most archaeologists believe that they were meant to represent the spirits of Chiefs or ancestors, but we don’t have written records to help understand their significance or how they were made and so archaeologists must rely on clues that were left behind.
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