National Geographic : 1932 May
Photograph by Capt. Albert W. Stevens ON ZAPATERA ISLAND PRE-COLUMBIAN INHABITANTS WORSHIPED THEIRSTRANGE GODS It is a wild and awesome place of dense forest, with Ometepe Volcano standing clear against the horizon across astormy stretch ofLake Nicaragua, and Mombacho, Santiago, Momotombo, and Momotombito rising in purple mist to the northwest. The temples, which were ofwood with thatched roofs, have long since disappeared, but the plateau at the top is covered with monuments, altars, and stone idols (see text, page 627). Burial urns, primitive pottery, and human bones may be forndby digging anywhere on the slope toward the lake.