Brigadoon - An Occasional Corner on the Internet
Designed by Mark Little
South America January to April 2017
This archaeological complex has two restored ahu, neither of which has an identified name. Ahu Akapu is still in its original state of disrepair. The ahu are believed to date from the 17th Century.
According to tradition, each new king (ariki) would live near Ahu Akapu to be trained in the art of engraving tablets with rongo-rongo script.
While it isn't too noticeable at the front of the moai, towards the back, it seems pretty obvious that part of the restoration work involved putting the head back on. It is believed that when many of the moai were toppled, rocks were placed so that the statues would be decapitated when they fell.
There appears to be different styles for displaying the arms on the statues, with this statue having arms that are more three-dimensional that some other statues.
For those that are wondering, the triangular object in the right hand image behind the moai's nose is a huge "Christmas tree" built on what appears to be a free standing tower.
Looking back down the bay towards the port, a number of moai can be seen along the shore. Most moai face inland as shown in this example, although the seven moai at Ahu Aviki buck this trend and fact towards the sea, perhaps commemorating the original Polynesian explorers who came to the island,