In the southwestern Pacific Coast of Chile, the huge statues known as Moai were carved from stone between 1100AD – 1500AD. Found on Easter Island, the Moai are depicted as the living faces of the Rapa Nui people’s glorified ancestors. Archaeologists have conducted several studies over the years around the statues and have found human burial remains that suggest the Rapa Nui people used to bury their dead along with the family statue. The researchers also discovered crescent-shaped petroglyphs, which are representations of Polynesian canoes. These have distinctive motives and were used as a family symbol, which provides clues of different traditional family structures living on the islands back then. The 33 foot high monolithic stone called “Paro”, is the tallest of these mysterious rock discoveries.
Published in September, 2020