A recent discovery made on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala has changed the way we understand ancient Latin American cultures. Researcher Roger Fu made a startling discovery when he discovered a series of basalt rock sculptures created by the ancient Mesoamericans that he believed were all struck by lightning! The reason for this conclusion was because of the unique magnetization of the iron particles in the rock. The sculptures have helped to paint a more detailed insight into the lives of the ancient inhabitants of the Mesoamericans who lived on the continent long before any colonialists arrived. The discovery enables us to know more about this mysterious and ancient culture.
According to Fu, there have been over 127 statues like this discovered around Mesoamerica. For those of you who don’t know, Mesoamerica is basically all of lower-middle north America and the majority of South America. The discovery of these statues indicates that native tribes were scattered around the region, which contradicted beliefs that the tribes were concentrated in specific areas. The statues are referred to as the ‘potbellies’ and they’re thought to be symbols of divinity or royalty within the ancient American cultures. Their discovery has helped to change the way we see the native inhabitants of America and indicate that they were a lot more advanced than we previously suspected.
According to Fu, the statues stand roughly 2 meters tall and weigh roughly 10,000 kilograms each! Moving these must have been a tremendous burden for the ancient Mesoamericans, which might explain why they were found so close to ancient iron ore deposits. In Guatemala alone, the researchers alone found 11 full-form statues, 5 bodies, and 6 heads. The site where they were found is known as Monte Alto and is thought to be of great significance for the ancient peoples of Guatemala. Fu hopes that the discovery will shed more light on how the natives of the land lived their lives.