Sunday, April 20, 2008

A Mo'ai in the town of Hanga Roa. This is one of the few that is lighted at night.

Rano Raraku, the Mo'ai quarry where most of them were carved. This was by far my favorite place on the island. This a volcano, and around 200 mo'ai, in various stages of completion, are present along the exterior (seen here) and within the volcano crater.

Some of the mo'ai at this site, like this one, are "fallen". Likely abandoned while moving them from the quarry to other sites on the island. Please don't stand on the mo'ai.

The mo'ai were carved on their backs, then lowered into holes that were dug to finish carving their backs. Many remain in the holes today, buried up to their chest or neck. It is unknown if they were intended to remain in this position, or if it was temporary, prior to moving them to another site.
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