On one of the world’s remotest outcrops, a team of archaeologists has dug beneath two of the most enigmatic statues that history has ever seen. All across the treeless landscape, the mysterious heads of Easter Island stare out over the bare terrain. But when the researchers finally look beneath the large heads, they discover something that may just leave the rest of the world in shock.
Ever since Europeans first arrived on this tiny South Pacific island in 1722, the statues – known as moai – have been a source of fascination. And while the civilization of the Rapa Nui people ultimately collapsed around them, these monoliths have largely survived intact. Now, hundreds of years after they were built, they still lend an air of mystery to this remote spot.