National Geographic : 1921 Dec
628 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph Courtesy of U. S. National Museum ONE OF THE STONE IMAGES FROM EASTER ISLAND The Easter Island images are the most interesting of archeological enigmas. There are more than 600 on the island. Formerly many of them stood in groups of from 6 to 12 on platforms of hewn stone facing the sea. They were hewn out of volcanic tufa and trans ported, sometimes three or four miles, to their destination. The island is almost treeless, and the wonder is how the image-makers could remove objects so fragile as these, weighing from three to thirty tons each, over ground so rugged. The images exhibited in the U. S . National Museum were secured during a 12-day visit to the island in I886 by the U. S . Ship Mohican, under Commander B. S. Day, U. S. N.