Old Ahu & Moai . All Of The Moai Were Toppled In Tribal Wars About 250 Years Ago ...
Stockphoto ID: 2014039
File name: Moai_16_AhuFallenOldest.jpg
Format: film, 35mm
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Source: photographer Based in: Australia
Description: Old Ahu & Moai . All of the Moai were toppled in tribal wars about 250 years ago . Many have recently been rebuilt starting in the 1950s . The most widely accepted theory is the statues were carved by the Polynesian colonizers of the island beginning by about 1000 1100AD . In addition to representing deceased ancestors , the moai may also have been regarded as the embodiment of living chiefs .