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...then the culture was wiped. Priests, soldiers and commoners. The last king, along with his family, died as a slave in the 1860s in the Peruvian mines. We know almost nothing about their wonderful culture. All we know for sure is that they left here hundreds of monumental statues that will least forever. Maden from one piece of rock. Moai statues on Easter Island, Chile (by Phil Marion)
Easter Island (Rapanui) mo‘ai by night | by Ben Smethers ©2008 | bsmethers, via Flickr [Please keep photo credit and original link if reusing or repinning. Thanks!]
Easter Island is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle. A special territory of Chile that was annexed in 1888. In recent times the island has served as a warning of the cultural and environmental dangers of overexploitation. Easter Island is claimed to be the most remote inhabited island in the world.
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The large stone statues, or moai, for which Easter Island is world-famous, were carved from 1100–1680 CE (rectified radio-carbon dates). A total of 887 monolithic stone statues have been inventoried on the island and in museum collections so far. Often identified as "Easter Island heads", the statues are actually torsos, with most of them ending at the top of the thighs, although a small number of them are complete, with the figures kneeling on bent knees with their hands over their stomachs.