The main goals of EISP are conservation and research of the Moai statues. The organization has spent years cataloguing about 1,000 statues of the Eastern Island. No one really paid attention to their peculiar finds, until fresh photos of two Moai ‘bodies’ were posted on the EISP homepage. The Internet finally acknowledged the stunning results of their work!
Among the photos there were depictions of some really peculiar ‘tattoos’ on the backs of the statues. They were preserved due to being hidden deep underground, safe from the destructive powers of the elements. Intricate designs and unusual symbols, known as petroglyphs, covered the backs of the statues.
What baffled archaeologists the most were the special engineering techniques used by Rapa Nui to erect and install the statues that could weigh up to 4 tons or more! Each statue was erected on a stone pavement which had numerous holes for tree trunks to support the construction. The statues were raised upright with the help of posts, ropes, stones, and various stone tools.