The early history of the mariana islands is shrouded in the mists of
antiquity but it is believed that the islands were first settled around
3,000 B.C. by an ancient seafaring people, prehistoric "Stone Age
Vikings", who journeyed in outrigger canoes and eventually lost their
navigational skills and were marooned. It is believed that they sailed
across the vast expanse of the open Pacific, north and eastward from
southeast Asia, possibly from what is now known as Indonesia.
The people, who became known as Chamorros, developed unique
construction skills which permitted to carve huge, mushroom - like
capped pillars of stone from solid rock known today as Latte or Taga
Stones. Their precise use remains one of the great mysteries of the
Pacific to this day.