Just recently, archaeologists discovered an ancient stone in Mexico dating to 700 B.C. The carving was found in Chalcatzingo, a place known to have had historical and commercial ties to the Olmec civilization. The monolith, named the “Triad of Felines,” is five feet tall and has three jaguars carved into it. Dozens of similar stones have been found since 1935, leading scholars to ponder exactly why they were made. Some believe they were a fixture in the native landscape, possibly used to decorate the hillside for a pilgrimage route. One hypothesis suggests that there was a huge, ancient frieze covering Chalcatzingo hill. Some archaeologists believe the cats have a spiritual significance. Given their frequent appearance in Olmec art, scholars believe that felines held an important place in Olmec religion. Regardless, an interesting find like this offers us a nice glimpse into Olmec culture.
Here’s the link to the article:
Than, Ker. “”Spectacular” Three-Cat Monolith Unearthed in Mexico.”Nationalgeographic.com. National Geographic News, 1 Aug. 2011. Web. 20 Nov. 2011.