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This Colossal Head from the Olmec site of San Lorenzo weighing 23 metric tons has been identified as Monument #I; the original resides in the Museum of Anthropology, Xalapa, Veracruz. The site, 85 kilometres southwest of La Venta (Tabasco), was originally excavated in 1945/46 CE, by Stirling and Drucker. They uncovered fifteen sculptures that included 5 colossal heads. Follow-on work by Michael Coe in 1964 CE over three years revealed a number of surprising finds.

1. San Lorenzo had been a centre of civilization dating from 1200 BCE, before La Venta.

2. The plateau of San Lorenzo is artificial, i.e. man-made, through very intense effort, so as to raise it above the seasonally flooded savanna below.

3. The site was subsequently abandoned, only 300 years after its founding (circa 900 BCE).

The Olmecs are regarded as the founding civilization of Mesoamerica. This replica was photographed at the Archaeological Park, Chankanaab Lagoon, on the Island of Cozumel.

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  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 957] (1979)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-02-15
  • Categories: Artwork
  • Exposure: f/3.7, 1/30 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2015-08-30 4:34
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