Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The Giant Easter Island Heads Have Giant Bodies

 In addition to the snazzy hats:

Following up on April 23's "What we know—and still don’t know—about Easter Island"

Via Artifact Hub:

One of the more observant Twitter commenters asks if the body on the right is wearing a thong, and, now that you mention it...

And from the snazzy hats link, Ineffable Island:

Analysis of giant stone hats found on Rapa Nui, Chile (Easter Island) provides evidence contrary to the widely held belief that the ancient civilization had a warrior culture. According to a new study conducted by a team of researchers, including a professor at Binghamton University, State University of New York, these stone hats suggest that the people of Rapa Nui were part of a supportive and inclusive community.

Carl Lipo, anthropology professor and director of the Environmental Studies Program at Binghamton University, and a team of researchers studied the monumental statues (moai) on Rapa Nui, and the previously unacknowledged giant stone hats (pukao) that were placed atop them. Pukao are large, cylindrical stones made from a volcanic rock known as 'red scoria.' Weighing multiple tons, they were placed on the heads of the moai during prehistoric times, consistent with the Polynesian traditions of honoring their ancestors.

So that's where it stands at the moment. They weren't a warrior society but instead were a supportive, inclusive haberdasher community who wore thongs. Or dressed the statues in thongs. And hats..