Nan Madol: “In the space between things”
How did they do it?
Immense human power
What’s in a name?
The garden of Micronesia
A space between things
- On the island of Kosrae is another smaller capital at Leluh with megalithic architecture made from columnar basalt around 1300–1400 C.E.
- Christopher Pala, “Nan Madol: The City Built on Coral Reefs,” Smithsonian.com, November 3, 2009. Nan Madol has inspired many speculative “lost continent” theories as well as songs and popular fiction. More recently it featured as a cultural city-state in the 2016 video game Civilization VI.
- “New Research Sheds More Light on Ancient Pacific Site,” RNZ, October 25, 2016. See also Mark McCoy, “Earliest direct evidence of monument building at the archaeological site of Nan Madol (Pohnpei, Micronesia) identified using 230 Th/U coral dating and geochemical sourcing of megalithic architectural stone” in Quaternary Research, vol. 86, issue 3 (November 2016), pp. 295-303.
- Columnar basalt deposits can be found throughout the world but the best known is probably the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
- UNESCO: “Nan Madol: Ceremonial Centre of Eastern Micronesia”