National Geographic : 1943 Sep
The National Geographic Magazine Dirt Flies, Revealing Stone Columns Set Like a Jaw of Giant's Teeth Nature cooled these pillars of basalt five-sided from molten lava; La Venta's builders smoothed them round. Below this platform, workmen uncovered a mosaic floor designed like a tiger mask. SNational (Gengralhic Soiety Kodaehrornes hy Richard H. Stewart Five Slabs Roofed This Stone Box, Vault of a Nobleman of Early Mexico Time preserved his jade axes, earplugs, awl, and necklace. Archeologists refer to a boxed-in container of this type as a "cist." Webster's Dictionary defines the word as "a sepulchral stone chest."