posted on Mar, 20 2014 @ 02:24 PM
I'd like to introduce the statues of Zapatera
1849 Zapatera was visited by American diplomat and archaeologist Ephraim George Squier, who noted the presence of a considerable amount of statues and
petroglyphs in an area known as Punta de las Figuras. More than 30 years later, in 1883, Squier's report encouraged Swedish naturalist Carl Bovallius
to undertake a more extensive survey of the island. Bovallius discovered 25 statues in Sonzapote and a number of petroglyphs on the islet of La Ceiba.
Mexican Felipe Pardines also published a series of articles on the El Muerto island petroglyphs in the 1930s. The most recent archaeological
investigations were carried out in the 1980s and involved a number of small excavations, but an in depth study of the island is still lacking
I thought I'd like to let you the reader investigate the available information on this unique site first. Rather cool eh? Often jokingly referred to
as Nicaragua's 'Easter Island' here we have a now extinct group of people leaving us their art and statues for us to view and imagine what they
were trying to convey. Here is a bit more about the site and people.
The statues and the majority of the petroglyphs and pottery at Zapatera have been dated to between 800 to 1350 CE, and is ascribed to the
Chorotega, an indigenous Mesoamerican culture. Finds from this period also include utensils and zoomorphic figurines in a similar style to examples
from the mainland. Some of the petroglyphs and pottery may date back as far as 500 BCE, and others are contemporary with Spanish colonies.
The most prominent finds from Zapatera were statues. According to records, they were carved of black basalt, generally between 1 to 2.25 metres (3 ft
3 in to 7 ft 5 in) high, and more than 150 centimetres (59 inches) in diameter. They depicted both humans and animals and are speculated to represent
either deities or high-status individuals. Most are found around earthen or stone mounds, facing outwards, suggesting they formed part of a ceremonial
installation. On the basis of engravings near these sites it has been proposed that they may have been host to human sacrifices
Some speculate the site to be much older than is presently believed. For me the verdict is still out on that but it is a very interesting site with
many more intriguing possibilities to who these people were.
There are quite a few images available online if you care to search for them but whats lacking is a real sense of who these people really were and
where they may have originated from. There is much speculation as to their origins, Some see Polynesian in their artistic sculptures, others see
Phoenician influence etc. I don't know what to make of all that. I just thought I'd post them here and let you decide for yourselves.
Who might they have been? These two images I've found are unconfirmed but may lend us a possible clue if genuine. They were found at a now abandoned
wealthy home in the area. The original collector may have absconded with these to display on the property? Which is very possible since there are
still supposedly many more statues/relics yet discovered in the area. A large scale proper excavation would yield many more discoveries.
So, if genuine, Can we deduce anything as to who they may have been or originated from? Were these the