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Notes on Colossal Head No. 2 from Tres Zapotes

Robert F. Heizer, Tillie Smith and Howel Williams
American Antiquity
Vol. 31, No. 1 (Jul., 1965), pp. 102-104
DOI: 10.2307/2694027
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2694027
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Abstract

One of the eleven known colossal stone heads attributed to the Olmec culture of southeastern Mexico has not been previously published. It is now in the town of Santiago Tuxtla, Veracruz, and was brought there in 1951 from a locality about 2 mi. north of the village of Tres Zapotes. It is designated as Tres Zapotes Colossal Head No. 2, even though it is probably not associated directly with the Tres Zapotes site which produced Tres Zapotes Colossal Head No. 1. The sculpture weighs about 8.5 short tons and is made of a distinctive olivine-and augite-rich basalt from the Cerro el Vigia not more than 5 mi. away.

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