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Ahu Tongariki is the largest ahu on Rapa Nuimarker/Easter Islandmarker (a Chileanmarker island in the Pacificmarker). Its moai were toppled during the island's civil wars and in the twentieth century the ahu was swept inland by a tidal wave. It has since been restored and has fifteen moai including an 86 tonne moai that was the heaviest ever erected on the island. Ahu Tongariki is close to Rano Rarakumarker and Poike in the Rapa Nui National Park.

Ahu Tongariki was substantially restored in the 1990s by a multidisciplinary team headed by archaeologists Claudio Cristino (Director) and Patricia Vargas (Co-director executive team), in a five year project carried out under an official agreement of the Chilean Government with Tadano Lt. and the University of Chile.

Ahu Tongariki was the main centre and capital of the Hotu Iti, the eastern confederation of the Rapanui.

Ahu Tongariki in 1914.
At the time, all the coastal moai were still overturned.


References

  1. Fischer 2005 Island at the end of the world ISBN 1-86189-282-9


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