The Olmec Colossal Heads



The first colossal head was found by a Mexican farmer in 1850 and made known to the world in 1869. Not until 1942 was it publicly asserted that the Olmec was the "mother culture" of Mesoamerica (i.e., Mexico plus Central America). Seventeen heads (c. 1400-1000 B.C.) have been discovered so far, in four sites within a 90-mile range, measuring from just under five feet to just over 11 feet tall and weighing (it is estimated) as much as 50 tons.







































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