A new moai, these characteristic statues of Easter Island, has been discovered in a dry lagoon of the crater of a volcano in this Chilean territory in the Pacific Ocean, indicated the indigenous community in charge of the administration of the national park. from the island.
“This is a truly unique discovery, as it is the first time that a moai has been discovered inside the Rano Raraku crater lake”assures in a statement the Ma’u Henua community, which manages the Rapa Nui National Park where the volcano is located.
The moai was identified on February 21 by a team of scientists from three Chilean universities who are collaborating with the National Forestry Corporation (Conaf) to recover a wetland located in the Rano Raraku crater, affected by a fire last October. .Read also: On Easter Island, the famous Moai statues have suffered serious damage, sometimes “irreparable”, following a fire
Search for funding to conduct an in-depth study
“This moai is in the center of a lagoon that began to dry up in 2018”explained to Agence France-Presse Ninoska Avareipua Huki Cuadros, director of the Ma’u Henua indigenous community. “What’s interesting is that, at least in the last 200 or 300 years, the lagoon has been three meters deep, so no human being could have left that moai.”underlined the one who is also the head of Conaf on the island also known as Rapa Nui.Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers “Ilians” against “Chileans”: discord on Easter Island, the most isolated inhabited place on the planet
The moai, which measures 1.60 meters, was discovered lying on its side, “with a full body and recognizable but not clearly defined features”, says the Ma’u Henua community. This one says to be “looking for funding to conduct an in-depth study of this discovery”.Read also: Easter, the fantasy island
Isolated in the middle of the Pacific, 3,500 km from the Chilean coast, Easter Island, of Polynesian culture, is known worldwide for its impressive megaliths of mysterious origin, listed as World Heritage by Unesco. Some statues can reach 20 meters in height and weigh up to 80 tons.
The World with AFP