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La Venta, Tabasco

The paving stones are being taken out from the lower layers of the Southwest Platform.

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La Venta, Tabasco

Jaguar mask mosaic, Southwest Platform.

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La Venta, Tabasco

Jaguar mask mosaic, Southwest Platform.

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Basalt columns.

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La Venta, Tabasco

Basalt columns of the Court or West bastion.

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La Venta, Tabasco

Part of the Southwest Platform held several layers of rough paving stones.

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La Venta, Tabasco

Basalt columns of the Court or West Bastion.

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La Venta, Tabasco

Southwest Platform.

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La Venta, Tabasco

The basalt columns used to (partially) enclose the Ceremonial Court and used in other features at La Venta as well, are natural in origin and five- or six-sided, with one side usually wider than the others. The wider sides appeared to be smoothed down. Furthermore, in some of the features this wider side was turned inward, as if to give the impression of a flat-surfaced wall. (p.16) Seated in front on the right: Eduardo Contreras.

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La Venta, Tabasco

Basalt columns are being hoisted from the Court area.

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La Venta, Tabasco

Work in progress at the Southwest Platform.

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La Venta, Tabasco

Jaguar mask mosaic, Southwest Platform. Written on slide “19, X”

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La Venta, Tabasco

Southwest Platform.

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La Venta, Tabasco

The upper layer of the Southwest Platform is being excavated. Seated in the background is Stephen Heizer.

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La Venta, Tabasco

Work in progress at the Southwest Platform.

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La Venta, Tabasco

Excavations in progress at the Southwest Platform, showing the different layers of paving bricks. Underneath these layers they encountered the jaguar mask mosaic. Written on slide “21, X”

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La Venta, Tabasco

Work in progress at the Southwest Platform.

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La Venta, Tabasco

Work in progress at the Southwest Platform.

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La Venta, Tabasco

Work in progress at the Southwest Platform.

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La Venta, Tabasco

Work in progress at the Southwest Platform.

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La Venta, Tabasco

Southwest Platform.

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La Venta, Tabasco

Jaguar mask mosaic, Southwest Platform.

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La Venta, Tabasco

Crew getting ready to hoist another basalt column from the Court. written on slide “PSW7E”

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La Venta, Tabasco

Southwest Platform. written on slide “May 71 P3”

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La Venta, Tabasco

Basalt columns being excavated at the Court. written on slide “Sc90A”


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