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Ahu Akivi

Ahu Akivi is an ahu with seven moai on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) in Chilean Polynesia. The ahu and its moai were restored in 1960 by the American archaeologist William Mulloy and his Chilean colleague, Gonzalo Figueroa Garcia-Huidobro. Mulloy's work on the Akivi-Vaiteka Complex was supported by the Fulbright Foundation and by grants from the University of Wyoming, the University of Chile and the International Fund for Monuments. Ahu Akivi also gives its name to one of the seven regions of the Rapa Nui National Park.

They all directly face sunset during Spring and Autumn Equinox; and all their backs face sunrise during Spring and Autumn Equinox.

Unlike other Rapa Nui ceremonial centers with ahu, the Akivi-Vaiteka Complex is not located on the coast. In contrast to the monumental statuary at other sites on the island, the moai at Ahu Akivi face the ocean.


Mulloy, W.T. 1968. Preliminary Report of Archaeological Field Work, February-July, 1968, Easter Island. New York, N.Y.: Easter Island Committee, International Fund for Monuments.

Mulloy, W.T., and G. Figueroa. 1978. The A Kivi-Vai Teka Complex and its Relationship to Easter Island Architectural Prehistory. Honolulu: Social Science Research Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Mulloy, W.T., and S.R. Fischer. 1993. Easter Island Studies: Contributions to the History of Rapanui in Memory of William T. Mulloy. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Mulloy, W.T., World Monuments Fund, and Easter Island Foundation. 1995. The Easter Island Bulletins of William Mulloy. New York; Houston: World Monuments Fund; Easter Island Foundation.

Norwegian Archaeological Expedition to Easter Island and the East Pacific, T. Heyerdahl, E.N. Ferdon, W.T. Mulloy, A. Skjolsvold, C.S. Smith. 1961. Archaeology of Easter Island. Stockholm; Santa Fe, N.M.: Forum Pub. House; distributed by The School of American Research.

External links

William Mulloy Library

Father Sebastian Englert Anthropology Museum

Easter Island Foundation

Map of Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

Rapa Nui Fact Sheet with Photographs

Rapa Nui Photo Gallery

The Statues and Rock Art of Rapa Nui

University of Wyoming Outstanding Former Faculty

Unofficial Easter Island Homepage

Easter Island Statue Project

Nova: The Secrets of Easter Island

Easter Island - Moai Statue Scale

How to make Walking Moai

Czech Who Made Moai Walk Returns to Easter Island

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