Easter Island statues may have been erected as 'guardians' of groundwater sources
Easter Island's famous statues, large human figures as high as 33 feet carved from the local quarried volcanic rocks, have long puzzled visitors and scientists. When a French expedition visited the island in 1786, almost 60 years after its discovery by Europeans, the artist Duché de Vancy depicted some of the monumental statues, called moai, still standing on their ahu, large stone platforms.
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