Sonzapote: A ceremonial site in Isla Zapatera

Explorers during the 19th century discovered monumental statues on Zapatera Island, located in Lake Cocibolca south of modern Granada. American Ephraim Squier included descriptions in his 1853 book Observations on the Archaeology and Ethnology of Nicaragua, and soon thereafter Swedish biologist Carl Bovallius discovered and published on the site of Punta de Sapote (now Sonzapote) with detailed drawings of numerous carved stone sculptures. Bovallius noted the presence of stone mounds, and even identified where the sculptures were located around the mounds.

Sonzapote: Sitio Ceremonial en la Isla Zapatera

Explorers during the 19th century discovered monumental statues on Zapatera Island, located in Lake Cocibolca south of modern Granada. American Ephraim Squier included descriptions in his 1853 book Observations on the Archaeology and Ethnology of Nicaragua, and soon thereafter Swedish biologist Carl Bovallius discovered and published on the site of Punta de Sapote (now Sonzapote) with detailed drawings of numerous carved stone sculptures. Bovallius noted the presence of stone mounds, and even identified where the sculptures were located around the mounds.