New Moai statue found ‘ancestor deified’ on Easter Island

A previously unknown moai statue, one of Easter Island’s giant carved monoliths, has been found buried beneath a dried-up lake bed, Good Morning America reports (opens in a new tab).

Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, is located approximately 2,200 miles (3,540 kilometers) off the west coast of Chile and is home to approximately 8,000 people. 1,000 moai statues. Unlike the other statues, which were found across the island, including on the slopes around Lake Rano Raraku, a volcanic crater that provided much of the volcanic stone used to make the moai statues, this moai was found in unexpected: the bottom of Lake Rano Raraku. The crater held fresh water until climate change and other factors, such as human use, declined in recent years; in 2018, the lake’s water was almost gone, according to a 2021 study published in the journal PLOS One (opens in a new tab).

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