National Geographic : 1915 Feb
LITTLE STONE FIGURES OF ANIMALS CARVED OUT OF GREEN MICACEOUS SCHIST All found in one grave and representing jungle animals-that is, the peccary, the ant eater, otter, and the parrot-evidently intended to be the record of a visit to the dense jungles of the lower valley by some artistic stone artificer. I4 times natural size. disks or counters shows that practically all were ground and polished, some more, some less. A large number of them are nicely rounded. Nearly all show scratches made in the grinding and polishing, and a few are ground so thin as to be trans lucent. The scratches are in a few cases puzzling, but we have not been able to come to the conclusion that the scratches were intentional or graphic. On perhaps a dozen of the disks the scratches are suspicious; but in none of these cases can one say that they are not accidental. Certainly there is no regu lar rule about the scratches, and their suspicious character consists in occa sional markings that resemble tallying. The stone of which these disks are com posed, green chloritic schist, is soft, easily scratched, and quite suitable for being marked with tallys if it were so desired. If that had taken place, how ever, I believe that we should be in no doubt about the marking. There are tally marks on the baked-clay dice or cubes (see page 176). An exceedingly well-made group of these smaller disks, 16 in all, besides a discoidal stone pendant of similar size, was found in one hole near the Snake Rock. All of them are carefully ground and polished, and all bear, in addition to the marks of grinding and polishing, sus picious scratches. Fourteen of them are 3 cm. in diameter, one is 4.5 cm., and one a trifle over 6 cm. In two or three cases flat discoidal pebbles of similar material were found in connection with the ground and pol ished disks Forty-two oblong problematical or "record" stones were found, all of them of the same material-green chloritic schist. Two or three are thicker and rougher than the others, but most of them are about 0.3 cm. in thickness. The longest is 5.8 cm. in length and about 2 cm. in width. The widest is 3.2 cm. in length and about 2.5 in width. The smallest is 1.4 cm. in length and about 0.3 cm. in width. Nearly all bear marks of having been ground and pol ished, but none appears to have been en graved, although a number have irregu lar scratches of a suspicious character, which might, however, have been made accidentally in the course of manufac ture. Nearly all thirty-one came from -t ~-~-~-~-~ ~----=~-~ --- ~-2= v.