La Venta, Tabasco: a Study of Olmec Ceramics and Art

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1..Tomb in Mound A-2. Left, Tomb cleared, prior to opening. Right, Interior of tomb, showing flagstone flooring after removal of burials ( 1942 excavations).
2. Left, Monument 6, the coffer of sandstone, after clearing and removal of most of the cover. Right, Close-up of layers of varicolored clays in wall of cut through entryway, south end of Ceremonial Court, A-1 ( 1942 excavations).
3. Adobes cut by pit in West Bastion of Ceremonial Court ( 1942 excavations).
4. a, Portion of trench through Ceremonial Court, A-1, looking north; Monument 13 partially uncovered at center, Tomb A in background. b, Covered pottery vessel deep in clay formation, overlaid by sandy drift, in Ceremonial Court, A-1.
5. a, Covered pottery vessels in upper sand of Ceremonial Court, A-1. b, Celts in lower clay of main trench, Ceremonial Court, A-1. c, Monkey statue (Monument 12) and slabs, in situ, in upper sand of Ceremonial Court, A-1.
6. a, View north along columns on west side of Ceremonial Court, A-1. b, Columns exposed in situ in West Trench of Ceremonial Court, A-1.
7. a, East Platform of Ceremonial Court, A-1, partially excavated, from southeast; note row of inset blocks on east face. b, Exterior of north wall of East Platform of Ceremonial Court, A-1, showing upright columns, horizontal bracer, and stone facing band. c, Interior of brickwork in East Platform of Ceremonial Court, A-1.
8. a, Brickwork and underlying clay rubble in East Platform of Ceremonial Court, A-1. b, Cruciform cache of celts and hematite mirror beneath brickwork in East Platform of Ceremonial Court, A-1; top of cross removed in earlier excavation.
9. Interior of East Platform of Ceremonial Court, A-1, showing Pavement No. 1, clay rubble, brickwork, and overlying clay and sand.
10. Pavement No. 1 beneath East Platform of Ceremonial Court, A-1; four appendages at bottom incompletely excavated (see also pl. 11). Top of photo is north.
11. Detail of appendage at southeast corner of Pavement No. 1, beneath East Platform of Ceremonial Court, A-1; looking south.
12. a, Steps of columnar basalt leading to south edge of Forecourt of Ceremonial Court, A-1, looking north. b, View north along main trench through Mound A-3 (foreground), across Ceremonial Court, A-1, to Mound A-2 (background).
13. a, Grave deposit or cache (Tomb E) in North Mound, A-2, showing location relative to Tomb A and stone coffer excavated in 1942. b, Grave deposit or cache (Tomb E) in Mound A-2, showing Jade celts, earplugs, beads, and other objects in situ.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Letter of Transmittal ii
  • Contents iii
  • Illustrations v
  • Foreword ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I: Excavations and Artifacts 4
  • Structural Investigations in 1943 34
  • The Ceramics of La Venta 80
  • Part II: the Sculptor's Art 152
  • The Stone Monuments 173
  • Stylistic Characters of the Sculptures 185
  • Summary 204
  • Appendix - Technological Analyses 234
  • Bibliography 241
  • Index 249
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