National Geographic : 1944 Feb
Great Stone Faces of Easter Island Martini Age-Worn Sentinels Scan the Sea from the Slopes of Easter Island Mysterious statues carved of volcanic rock in a long-forgotten past awed 18th-century mariners who found this dot in the South Pacific, 2,200 miles west of Chile. The Dutch admiral Roggeveen landed here on Easter Day, 1722, and gave the name "Easter" to the island. Images dot the hillsides. Once they surmounted an almost unbroken line of burial platforms that fringed the coast. Islanders today do not know the significance of the statues.