Pulemelei Mound

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View from Pulemelei Mound

The Pulemelei mound (also known as Tia Seu Ancient Mound) is the largest and most ancient structure in Polynesia. It is situated in Letolo Plantation in the Palauli district, at the east end of Savai'i island in Samoa.[1]

The stone mound is a pyramid constructed of natural basalt stones and at its base measures 65 by 60 metres (213 ft × 197 ft) and has a height of about 12 metres (39 ft). Excavations have revealed that it was probably constructed sometime between 1100-1400 AD and was no longer used by 1700-1800 AD.

Archaeological surveys by Gregory Jackmond in 1977-1978 recorded 3000 features including stone platforms, stone fences, pathways and earth ovens.[2]

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  1. ^ http://www.samoaobserver.ws/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6575&Itemid=98
  2. ^ http://www.accessmylibrary.com/article-1G1-170235562/excavation-pulemelei-site-2002.html

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Coordinates: 13°44′6″S 172°19′28″W / 13.73500°S 172.32444°W / -13.73500; -172.32444