The Easter Island heads have bodies buried underground

The Easter Island heads have bodies, too
Turns out the heads aren’t just heads. Who knew. (Picture: Rex/Shutterstock)

They’re not just pretty faces.

The Easter Island heads have been hiding a pretty big secret for a few hundred years – they’ve actually got bodies hidden underground.

And here we all were thinking they were just, well, heads.

The secret bodies have been uncovered by The Easter Island Statue Project, who’ve been looking after the heads (can we still call them that?) since 1982.

Archaeologists have actually been digging up the bodies for almost a century, but it’s the Easter Island Statue Project who’ve carried on the work and blown our minds with this news.

Easter Island heads actually have bodies  Source: YouTube GRAB
Those are some washboard abs. (Picture: YouTube/The Easter Island Statue Project)

Since 2012, they’ve been unearthing the hidden torsos of two of the statues – known locally as moai – and documenting the whole thing on their website.

Easter Island heads actually have bodies  Source: YouTube GRAB
Two down, 885 to go…(Picture: YouTube: The Easter Island Statue Project)

The reason the bodies have been hidden underground for so long is that the statues were build on the side of a volcano, which helpfully erupted all over the statues and buried them up to their necks.

Easter Island heads actually have bodies  Source: YouTube GRAB
The statues are around 7 metres tall, including their bodies (Picture: YouTube: The Easter Island Statue Project)

The Project is only working on two statues at the moment, but they hope to put together a detailed inventory of every statue on the island. Something tells us they’ll be there for a while…

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18 July 2015 | 5:05 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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