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Easter Island, Chile

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Easter Island’s most famous features are its enormous stone statues called moai, at least 288 of which once stood upon stone platforms called ahu. Nearly all the moai, averaging 15 feet tall and weighing 14 tones, are carved from stone of the Rano Raraku volcano. Depending upon the size of the statue, between 50 and 150 people were needed to drag it across the countryside on sleds and rollers made from the island's trees. The moai and ahu were in use as early as AD 500, but the majority were erected between 1000 and 1650 AD.

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