Podcast Episode 76 l The Olmec Heads

La Venta Monument 1, c. 1960
La Venta Monument 1, c. 1960. CC BY
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The Americas have been traditionally considered new territories with civilisations not as old as the rest of the world. Even so, we find fascinating signs of varying cultures in both north and south America. Mesoamerica especially, is replete with different cultures that fascinated archaeologists – and us – ever since their discoveries.

One of such fascinating archaeological finds are the Colossal Olmec Heads, first brought to light on the eve of WWII by by Matthew Stirling in 1938, although one colossal head was discovered at Tres Zapotes in 1862 by José María Melgar y Serrano but was not well reported.

The Olmecs were the earliest known major Mesoamerican civilization, that flourished during the Preclassic period from about 1500 BCE to 400 BCE. They were centered in the tropical lowlands of the modern-day Mexican states of Veracruz and Tabasco. The Olmecs are considered the mother culture of Mesoamerica, as they laid the foundations for many of the civilizations that followed.

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