When Archaeologists Dug Below The Easter Island Heads, They Made An Astonishing Discovery

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On one of the world’s remotest outcrops, a team of archaeologists are busy studying some 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 barren terrain. But when the researchers dig a little deeper, they discover something that might come as a shock.

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Ever since Europeans 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 survived intact. Now, hundreds of years after they were built, they still lend an air of mystery to this remote spot.

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