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Carolyn Silver
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« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2007, 02:33:11 am »

Fig 6.8 Huge stones in the seawall of Ahu Vai Mata, 2.8 m high and 69 m long.

William J. Thomson, who spent 12 days on the island in 1886, described an ahu with a record number of 16 fallen statues that lay on an inaccessible terrace halfway up the cliffs east of Rano Kao, but it later fell into the sea. On the high plateau of the north coast Thomson’s party saw another ahu, known as Ahu Oahu, that later suffered the same fate. His drawing of this ahu shows the same masonry technique admired by Captain Cook’s party in Hanga Roa and Vinapu. Another impressive platform stood nearby.6

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