National Geographic : 1950 Feb
© National Geographic Society 238 Kodachronies by lichard II. Stewart Indian Relics Dug from Panama Soil Tell of Life in America Before the Spaniards Came Dr. and Mrs. Stirling (upper) scrape dirt from pedestal and tripod vessels found in tombs at Hacienda La Pita, between Santiago and Sona in Veraguas Province. National Geographic staff photographer Richard H. Stewart (lower), veteran of many Central American expeditions, trains his camera on bright-hued plates unearthed near Parita. Such pottery (opposite page) was buried with pre-Columbian Indian dead. Bowls, jars, and plates bear fanciful designs, such as sacred king vulture (lower right), doves, frogs (left, second from bottom), and crocodiles. Also found in the graves were grinding stones, stone axes, copper chisels, and carved manatee ribs. The 1948 and 1949 Panama expeditions added about 100 trunks full of archeological treasures to the Smithsonian Institution collection in Washington, D. C .