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"The reason people think they are [only] heads is there are about 150 statues buried up to the shoulders on the slope of a volcano, and these are the most famous, most beautiful and most photographed of all the Easter Island statues," Van Tilburg, who is also a fellow at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Life's Little Mysteries. "This suggested to people who had not seen photos of [other unearthed statues on the island] ...

"The reason people think they are [only] heads is there are about 150 statues buried up to the shoulders on the slope of a volcano, and these are the most famous, most beautiful and most photographed of all the Easter Island statues," Van Tilburg, who is also a fellow at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Life's Little Mysteries. "This suggested to people who had not seen photos of [other unearthed statues on the island] ...

Frozen in time by a temple mural (shown digitally enhanced) in Mexico's Maya city of Bonampak, noblewomen pierce their tongues in a bloodletting ritual.

Frozen in time by a temple mural (shown digitally enhanced) in Mexico's Maya city of Bonampak, noblewomen pierce their tongues in a bloodletting ritual.

Clothes were definitely burned - bodies were surprisingly intact, reminiscent of the wife of Lot turning to "pillar of salt" during the Destruction of Sodom & Gomorah

Clothes were definitely burned - bodies were surprisingly intact, reminiscent of the wife of Lot turning to "pillar of salt" during the Destruction of Sodom & Gomorah

Mayan culture developed in south Mexico and central America. They had monumental architecture, a written language, a mathematical system, a calendar, economy and a religion.

Mayan culture developed in south Mexico and central America. They had monumental architecture, a written language, a mathematical system, a calendar, economy and a religion.