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San Lorenzo (Veracruz) was a thoroughly Olmec settlement by 1500 BCE. For the next 300 years, it grew several times, larger than any other settlement in Mesoamerica. Then, around 1200 BCE, the inhabitants appear to have decided that it was time to move for any of a number of reasons, and a migration started eastward toward La Venta (Tabasco). Artists and craftsmen at San Lorenzo created some of the most remarkable sculpture without the benefit of metal tools. Of the 100+ pieces found to date, 10 are colossal heads of mighty Olmec rulers wearing helmets and possessed of thick lips. The helmets may have provided protection both in times of war and during the ballgame.

This monument from San Lorenzo is a reproduction. It sits among lush verdure in the archaeological park at 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: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2012-02-15
  • Categories: Arte
  • Exposição: f/3.7, 1/30 segundos
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  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original
  • Date Submitted: 2013-03-05 3:47
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