"An ancient 13th century religious complex, called Nan Madol, was built on the Pacific island of Pohnpei, using columnar basalt quarried from various locations on the island. The massive ruins remain to this day."

"An ancient 13th century religious complex, called Nan Madol, was built on the Pacific island of Pohnpei, using columnar basalt quarried from various locations on the island. The massive ruins remain to this day."

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Aerial view of Nan Madol Ruins in Pohnpei Island, Micronesia.

Aerial view of Nan Madol Ruins in Pohnpei Island, Micronesia.

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"What Natawidjaja (the Indonesian archeologist) discovered at Gunung Padang was astounding. The hill was actually not a natural hill but a 300-ft high step-pyramid." Drill cores found layers of of construction that continued deeper, suggesting much of the mountain may be man-made or shaped, with dates of 20,000 BC and older!

"What Natawidjaja (the Indonesian archeologist) discovered at Gunung Padang was astounding. The hill was actually not a natural hill but a 300-ft high step-pyramid." Drill cores found layers of of construction that continued deeper, suggesting much of the mountain may be man-made or shaped, with dates of 20,000 BC and older!

The ancient ruins of Nan Madol on Pohnpei island Micronesia. This site consists of no fewer than 93 man made islands that were the center of a unified, island wide chiefdom called the Saudeleur dynasty. The Saudeleur dynasty had broken down and been replaced by a fragmented chiefdom by the time of European contact...These ruins were under construction as early as 1200 ad although the site has been occupied since at least 1ad.

The ancient ruins of Nan Madol on Pohnpei island Micronesia. This site consists of no fewer than 93 man made islands that were the center of a unified, island wide chiefdom called the Saudeleur dynasty. The Saudeleur dynasty had broken down and been replaced by a fragmented chiefdom by the time of European contact...These ruins were under construction as early as 1200 ad although the site has been occupied since at least 1ad.

Outside a retaining wall at Nan Madol   or a thousand years, the Micronesian island of Pohnpei was ruled by a clan of aristocrats (Saudeleur) who constructed artificial islands on top of existing coral reefs at Nan Madol and raised buildings and temples on these new platforms. There they ruled, about a thousand or so people out of a total Pohnpei population of 25000. Then, about 500 years ago, the Saudeleur were overthrown.

Outside a retaining wall at Nan Madol or a thousand years, the Micronesian island of Pohnpei was ruled by a clan of aristocrats (Saudeleur) who constructed artificial islands on top of existing coral reefs at Nan Madol and raised buildings and temples on these new platforms. There they ruled, about a thousand or so people out of a total Pohnpei population of 25000. Then, about 500 years ago, the Saudeleur were overthrown.

Ruins of Nan Madol, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (© Jack Fields/Corbis)

Ruins of Nan Madol, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (© Jack Fields/Corbis)

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Easter Island - Land of Mystery - 03

Nan Modal, on the island of Pohnpei

Nan Modal, on the island of Pohnpei

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