A “potbelly sculpture” from Monte Alto in Guatemala.

Ru et al. 2019

More than 2,000 years an unknown sculptor carefully examined some rocks in modern-day Guatemala. Using pieces of naturally occurring magnetic minerals, like magnetite, he selected some large boulders attracting his improvised magnetometer. The selected boulders were then used to carve “potbelly sculptures”, sculptures of obese human figures up to two meters tall and weighing more than 10,000 kilograms. Potbelly sculptures have been interpreted in a variety of manners, as representations of dead ancestors, babies or as the poorly understood “Fat God” or other supernatural entities of Mesoamerican mythology. Already in 1997, it was noted that some statues and sculptures from Mesoamerica and elsewhere in the New World are slightly magnetic. However, archaeologists weren’t sure if this observation was just coincidence or the ancient people were aware of the magnetic properties of the used rocks. New research, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, suggests that partially magnetized rocks were indeed selectively used by ancient sculptors. The researchers mapped the magnetic properties of the rock used to sculpt eleven statues in high resolution, noting that certain body parts, like the navel, the forehead and the cheeks of the human figures, seem to display magnetic anomalies. The researcher suggests that the magnetized spots on the statues are not randomly distributed, and it’s almost certain that they were deliberately carved to make use of their magnetic properties. Ancient sculptors could have used magnetic minerals or pulverized magnetic ore to find the spots. Like the meaning of the potbelly statues in ancient Mesoamerican culture remains unclear, so is the meaning of the magnetic spots in the sculpting process. Maybe the magnetic properties, invisible to the human eye and yet there, symbolized the presence and authority of deceased ancestors or the magical powers of the gods.

The studied sculptures are made of basalt, a volcanic rock with a high content of iron minerals. The researchers believe that the iron minerals were magnetized in localized spots by lightning strikes pre-dating the carving process.

Typical basalt with a fine-grained texture and dark color caused by its high content of iron minerals.

D.Bressan

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A” potbelly sculpture” from Monte Alto in Guatemala.

Ru et al.2019

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More than 2,000 years an unidentified carver thoroughly took a look at some rocks in modern-day Guatemala. Utilizing pieces of naturally taking place magnetic minerals, like magnetite, he picked some big stones attracting his improvised magnetometer. The picked stones were then utilized to sculpt “potbelly sculptures”, sculptures of overweight human figures as much as 2 meters high and weighing more than 10,000 kgs. Potbelly sculptures have actually been analyzed in a range of good manners, as representations of dead forefathers, children or as the inadequately comprehended “Fat God” or other supernatural entities of Mesoamerican folklore. Currently in 1997, it was kept in mind that some statues and sculptures from Mesoamerica and in other places in the New World are a little magnetic. Nevertheless, archaeologists weren’t sure if this observation was simply coincidence or the ancient individuals knew the magnetic residential or commercial properties of the utilized rocks. New research study, released in the Journal of Archaeological Science, recommends that partly allured rocks were undoubtedly selectively utilized by ancient carvers. The scientists mapped the magnetic residential or commercial properties of the rock utilized to shape eleven statues in high resolution, keeping in mind that specific body parts, like the navel, the forehead and the cheeks of the human figures, appear to show magnetic abnormalities. The scientist recommends that the allured areas on the statues are not arbitrarily dispersed, and it’s nearly specific that they were intentionally sculpted to utilize their magnetic residential or commercial properties. Ancient carvers might have utilized magnetic minerals or crushed magnetic ore to discover the areas. Like the significance of the potbelly statues in ancient Mesoamerican culture stays uncertain, so is the significance of the magnetic areas in the sculpting procedure. Possibly the magnetic residential or commercial properties, undetectable to the human eye and yet there, represented the existence and authority of departed forefathers or the wonderful powers of the gods.

The studied sculptures are made from basalt, a volcanic rock with a high material of iron minerals. The scientists think that the iron minerals were allured in localized areas by lightning strikes pre-dating the sculpting procedure.

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Normal basalt with a fine-grained texture and dark color triggered by its high material of iron minerals.

D.Bressan

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A “potbelly sculpture” from Monte Alto in Guatemala.

Ru et al. 2019

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More than 2, 000 years an unidentified carver thoroughly took a look at some rocks in modern-day Guatemala. Utilizing pieces of naturally taking place magnetic minerals, like magnetite , he picked some big stones attracting his improvised magnetometer. The picked stones were then utilized to sculpt “potbelly sculptures”, sculptures of overweight human figures as much as 2 meters high and weighing more than 10, 000 kgs. Potbelly sculptures have actually been analyzed in a range of good manners, as representations of dead forefathers, children or as the inadequately comprehended “Fat God” or other supernatural entities of Mesoamerican folklore. Currently in 1997, it was kept in mind that some statues and sculptures from Mesoamerica and in other places in the New World are a little magnetic. Nevertheless, archaeologists weren’t sure if this observation was simply coincidence or the ancient individuals knew the magnetic residential or commercial properties of the utilized rocks. New research study, released in the Journal of Archaeological Science , recommends that partly allured rocks were undoubtedly selectively utilized by ancient carvers. The scientists mapped the magnetic residential or commercial properties of the rock utilized to shape eleven statues in high resolution, keeping in mind that specific body parts, like the navel, the forehead and the cheeks of the human figures, appear to show magnetic abnormalities. The scientist recommends that the allured areas on the statues are not arbitrarily dispersed, and it’s nearly specific that they were intentionally sculpted to utilize their magnetic residential or commercial properties. Ancient carvers might have utilized magnetic minerals or crushed magnetic ore to discover the areas. Like the significance of the potbelly statues in ancient Mesoamerican culture stays uncertain, so is the significance of the magnetic areas in the sculpting procedure. Possibly the magnetic residential or commercial properties, undetectable to the human eye and yet there, represented the existence and authority of departed forefathers or the wonderful powers of the gods.

The studied sculptures are made from basalt, a volcanic rock with a high material of iron minerals. The scientists think that the iron minerals were allured in localized areas by lightning strikes pre-dating the sculpting procedure.

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Normal basalt with a fine-grained texture and dark color triggered by its high material of iron minerals.

D.Bressan

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