2 House of Taga on Tinian (Northern Mariana Islands)
Mushroom shaped latte stone, or simply latte, is a pillar capped by a hemispherical stone with the flat side facing up. Used as building supports by the ancient Chamorro people, they are found throughout most of the Mariana Islands. Erected by the indigenous Chamorros as the base of traditional houses centuries ago. None are more impressive than the House of Taga, The House of Taga is an archeological site located near San Jose Village, on the island of Tinian, United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, in the Marianas Archipelago. The site is the location of a series of prehistoric latte stone pillars which were quarried about 4,000 feet (1,200 m) south of the site, only one of which is left standing erect due to past earthquakes. The name is derived from a mythological chief named Taga, who is said to have erected the pillars as a foundation for his own house where the twelve columns are each sixteen feet tall (only one remains upright today) and weigh up to fifteen tons apiece. According to legend, this Micronesian Stonehenge was built by a chief of superhuman strength. If this were anywhere in the states, it would be a world-famous landmark, tourists from across the globe would be thronging to visit these.
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