Unknown statue found on legendary Easter Island
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On the famous Easter Island, researchers have discovered a new giant statue. A gigantic stone statue was found at the bottom of a dried-up lake, BBC reported.
Moai is one of the characteristic stone statues of a Pacific island. It was found at the bottom of a dried-up lake around the Rano Raraku volcano, where several statues were damaged by fire last year.Scientists believe that other statues may be buried nearby.
The bottom of the lake has only recently become accessible, reportedly. after it began to dry up in 2018.
The discovered moai is 1.6 meters tall, making it smaller than hundreds of similar statues on the island. He was found lying on his side in the middle of the lake.
Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, is a protected national park and UNESCO heritage site.
The moai were created by the Rapa Nui people – the ancestors of the inhabitants of the island, who came from Polynesia. These are monolithic stone figures, usually made of volcanic ash, with elongated faces, believed to have been built over 500 years ago.
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