Welcome to the Culturelink Fieldwork Project.

Culturelink Fieldwork Project was formed to aid cultural interchange through volunteer archaeological projects. This site provides details about our current projects. Click on the links above to find out about our history, projects, and contact information.

Nicaragua is one of the great rock art areas of the world, but is little known. Two of our projects give you a window on some of the riches of Nicaragua’s cultural heritage.

The Ometepe Archaeological Project in Nicaragua is located on the beautiful island of Ometepe, in Lake Cocibolca (Lake Nicaragua). During eight field seasons, the project has recorded 110 archaeological sites and approximately 2000 petroglyphs or other modified boulders. The project director is Suzanne Baker. The assistant director is Michael Smith.

Cueva la Conga Project, Nicaragua. Cueva la Conga, located in northern Nicaragua, is the first limestone cave reported in Nicaragua. Recorded in 2006, it contains pictographs and carved speleothems. Project director is Suzanne Baker. See our Cueva la Conga page for more information.

Please take a tour of our projects, see representative rock art and read about the techniques we use to record sites.

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Ometepe Island and Volcano

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Below is a little gallery of some of the more interesting petroglyphs of Ometepe Island in Nicaragua. Starting in 1997, the Ometepe Petroglyph Project enlisted volunteers to find, draw, photograph and map the many petroglyphs on the northern slopes of the Maderas volcano, the smaller of the two volcanoes that make up Ometepe Island and the source of the basalt for the petroglyphs you see below.

These 4 pictures come from 2 separate sites on the island.

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R13, a complicated petroglyph defaced by scratching. The spiral is a common motif in the petroglyphs of Ometepe Island

This is a complex representation of symbols from a rock embedded into forest soils. The drawing below makes it clearer.

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Drawing of the petroglyph above.

The next image is simple and small, engraved into a very dark basalt typical of the volcanic slope.

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A squared spiral or labyrinth petroglyph

The next petroglyph shows a small scene, which you are free to interpret.

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An interesting tableau, better seen in the drawing below.
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Here is the whole scene.

And finally, this one is the one people look for. We found it unmolested.

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This petroglyph created quite a stir when we discovered it.

These images are typical of the rock engravings we’ve brought to light on Ometepe island over the years. You can walk the trails and see many of them, depending upon the vegetation. Please don’t scratch or chalk them. It matters.

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