Easter Island

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Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, is one of the most isolated and mysterious islands in the world, located almost 2,300 miles off the coast of Chile. Easter Island got its popular name because the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen first sighted the island on Easter Sunday in 1722. Archaeological evidence shows that Polynesian inhabitants made this island home as far back as about 400 AD. The island is best known for the more than 900 moai statues scattered across the island. No one knows how or why these statues were built and they’re one of the great archaeological mysteries of the world. In 2012, archaeologists discovered that the figures that they thought were just heads have full bodies that are buried in the ground.