Researches in the Central Portion of the Usumatsintla Valley; Report of Explorations for the Museum, 1898-1900 Volume 1

Researches in the Central Portion of the Usumatsintla Valley; Report of Explorations for the Museum, 1898-1900 Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...a ravine, running transversely through the cliffs, leads to the Usumatsintla near by. On the heights to the right, and also below in the transverse valley, lay the huts of a woodcutting establishment only recently abandoned and still in good condition. La Casa Principal, on an eminence near the river, was naturally the largest, and in it we comfortably established ourselves. There, where the transverse valley opens towards the river, splendid sandbanks with blackish limestone rocks rising out of them invited us to bathe. The people of that region have named the place Piedras Negras after these rocks (Plate VII, 1). One of these rocks, rising obliquely and pointed at the top, Fio. is.--La Roca De Los Sacrifices. is especially noticeable, because there is carved upon its steeply inclined surface a circular design (Fig. 15) which resembles that upon the great sacrificial table (Fig. 19) on the esplanade before the temple of the eight stelse. This fact seems to justify the surmise that on the rock in question were performed the sacrifices intended to appease the water deities; the blood of the victims trickling from the rock and mingling with the waters of the river. I called this rock La Roca de los Sacrificios. Toward the end of the rainy season (October, November), however, the river rises at that point to the height of ten to fifteen metres, and all the sandbanks and rocks are entirely under water. Fortunately this was not the case when I encamped among the ruins. I was therefore able to take an excellent photograph of the place and to make a drawing of the sacrificial stone, whose design in low relief is very much worn away. Enough is left, however, to show two personages crouching opposite each other within a circle which is surrounded by more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236554388
  • 9781236554383