National Geographic : 1941 Sep
This Monument Plaza Was the Forum or Ceremonial Center for the Entire Region At Tres Zapotes the monuments were scattered over a wide area. Here at Cerro de las Mesas the majority were confined toaspace not more than 50yards square. Thick earth walls, coated with stucco, surrounded this court. Traces of painted decorations remain (page 282). Many burials of children were encountered, almost invariably accompanied by jade beads. Beneath the spot from which this photograph was made, the startling jadecache was uncovered (Plate VIII).