Archaeologists excavate Easter Island’s statues

Researchers are excavating some of Easter Island’s famous statues, called moai, unearthing the buried secrets of the most remote inhabited island in the world.

The excavation of this moai, nicknamed “Papa” by Katherin Routledge in 1914, began in spring of 2010. Quarry bedrock is visible in one of the excavation squares and the color variation on the statue’s stone surface reflects previous soil levels.

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