A five-year-long excavation of two of the enigmatic Easter Island ‘heads’ has revealed striking new evidence finally linking the enormous stone figures to food production and showing their creation enriched the soil.

Carved by the Rapa Nui people between the 13th and 16th centuries, the iconic monoliths known as ‘moai’ were thought to have some connection to fertility rituals, which until now remained unproven. Several hundred were erected on the island, the largest of which is 10 meters (33 ft) high and weighing some 82 tonnes.



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