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

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CONTENTS
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PAGE
Introduction1
Part I: Excavations and artifacts4
The site of La Venta4
The 1942 excavations10
Test trenches10
Stratigraphic trenches20
Structural investigations22
Structural investigations in 1943 , by Waldo R. Wedel34
Excavations in Area A-1 (Ceremonial Court)36
Mound excavations in Area A-261
Mound excavations in Area A-365
Excavations in the east embankment, Area A-476
Summary of structural investigations77
The ceramics of La Venta80
Introduction80
Wares81
Coarse Buff ware81
Coarse Black ware90
White-rimmed (or mottled Coarse Black ware)92
Coarse Brown ware92
Coarse White ware96
Coarse Red ware96
Brown Lacquer ware97
Fine Paste ware98
La Venta Fine Paste wares101
Painted wares104
Vessel forms107
Dishes and bowls109
Jars115
Miscellaneous forms119
Distributions of vessel forms by wares125
Pottery-making techniques126
Vertical distributions of ceramic types126
Pottery figurines132
Taxonomy132
La Venta figurine collections139
Miscellaneous objects of pottery141
Utilitarian work in stone144
Ornamental worked stone146
Chronology147

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

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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