Photo Essay: Mystifying Stone Statues and Other Scenes from San Agustín, Colombia

by Ekua on May 15, 2014 in captured on memory card,Colombia

Not much is known about the stone statues left behind in San Agustin. Everything you read about the San Agustin Archaeological Park will eventually you that. The people who created these statues had no written language and they were long gone before the Spanish arrived.

It’s hard to get a sense of who these people were. You wonder how the statues were arranged before they were discovered and mounted on cement. You wonder what the people who created them looked like, what they wore, what they ate. You wonder if they intended for some of the faces to be as funny as they are.

Some people will say that you should get a guide when you to the park because the stories they’ll tell will make the experience worthwhile. But with so little information on this site, it’s hard to know if their stories are any more true than the ones you’ll inevitably begin to dream up as you walk through the park. And if nothing else, you’ll have tropical beauty and sleepy San Agustin to enjoy:

San Agustin, Colombia

San Agustin, Colombia

San Agustin, Colombia

San Agustin, Colombia

San Agustin, Colombia

San Agustin, Colombia

San Agustin, Colombia

San Agustin, Colombia

San Agustin, Colombia

San Agustin, Colombia

San Agustin, Colombia

San Agustin, Colombia

San Agustin, Colombia

San Agustin, Colombia

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Sunee May 16, 2014 at 5:56 am

I love these statues! The South American (Inca/Aztec) inconography that I’ve seen is usually quite violent. These guys look so happy!

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