Tuesday, June 5, 2007


Ahu Tongariki Photo by Ian Sewell

Easter Island, Chile is home to the moai, ceremonial statues carved out of compressed volcanic ash. More than 850 heads (and torsoes) have been found, and close to 400 are still visible on the island. They were carved by Polynesian colonizers around A.D. 1000 - 1100.

An interesting audio presentation about the moai can be found here, at

Levi requested that we add the Easter Island statues to our 'places of the world' flashcards after seeing one of the statues in the movie Night at the Museum.

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