A monolithic sculpture representing a jaguar lying down was discovered recently in the pre Hispanic site of Izapa, in the Soconusco region of Chiapas. The engraved sculpture weighs about a ton and is estimated to be about 2,000 years old. It was found in a riverbed and because of its weight it was not taken out until a few days ago. Emiliano Gallaga Murrieta (Ph.D. Arizona, 2006), director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH)-Chiapas center, and archaeologist Robert Rosenwig of the University of Albany and director of the Regional Reconnaissance Project of Izapa, reported that the new monument is 1.38 meters large (4.53 feet) by 87 centimeters (2.8 feet) tall and 52 centimeters (1.7 feet) wide. To see a photo of the jaguar sculpture, see this ArtDaily.org article.
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