I’ve always considered the head statues on Easter Island to be a great wonder of the world; however, I’ve never actually thought to learn more about them. In fact, I’ve been referring to them as “the head statues” my entire life, but they are actually called Moai! The Moai were carved by the Rapa Nui people between 1250 – 1500 CE.
Up until recent years, it was believed that, although impressive in stature, the Moai were nothing more than just heads. However, it was discovered that there’s more than meets the eye with these head statues. They’re actually attached to bodies that are buried deep underground—and they’re covered in indecipherable writings called petroglyphs.
The significance of these statues has always been somewhat of a mystery—it’s exciting to think that these petroglyphs could be the key to unlocking the meaning of these massive Moai!