Sunday, September 30, 2012


Easter Island is most famous for the 887 large stone statues, or Moai, which were carved from 1100 - 1680 AD. Although the statues seem to be just heads, they do have torsos, but many of these have become buried.

Moai on the coast of Hanga Roa

Almost all the Moai were carved out of solidified volcanic ash found at a single site inside the extinct volcano Rano Raraku. The native islanders who carved them used only stone hand chisels, and it took a team of five or six men about one year to complete a single Moai. Each statue represented the deceased head of a lineage.

Tongariki Moai: 15 Moai set on the east of the island

Almost all the Moai face inland to protect the islanders.

Only a quarter of the statues were installed around the coast, while the rest were abandoned en route to their final destinations or remain in the quarry.

Moai abandoned on the slopes of Rano Raruka

A Moai still attached to the bedrock in the quarry

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