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Matthew Stirling and Tres Zapotes Monument G. Tres Zapotes, 1939. stirling_19. Photograph by Richard H. Stewart, National Anthropological Archives

Clarence Wolsey Weiant
1897 - 1986

Portrait of Clarence and Marian Weiant
Clarence and Marian Weiant, wetmore_542. Photograph by Alexander Wetmore, A. Wetmore Collection, Smithsonian Institution Archives

Clarence Weiant, born and raised along the lower Hudson River, received a degree in chiropractic care at the Palmer School of Chiropractic in 1921. In 1934 he did fieldwork among the Tarascans of Michoacán in Mexico, and in 1937 he was the first to receive a degree in anthropology from Columbia University, where he also earned a Ph.D. in archaeology in 1943. Weiant pursued careers in chemical engineering (1910-1945) and parapsychology (1959-1978) as well.

In 1939 Weiant joined Matthew Stirling as assistant archaeologist on the first Smithsonian Institution - National Geographic Society expedition to Tres Zapotes, Veracruz, resulting in the publication of An Introduction to the Ceramics of Tres Zapotes, Veracruz. Weiant also wrote numerous articles on extrasensory perception and was an active member of the American Society for Psychical Research. In 1959 he presented the paper Anthropology and Parapsychology at an annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Mexico City. It was based on his 1939 discovery of the cache of figurines at Tres Zapotes through what he believed to be the clairvoyance of Emilio Tamago, a peasant worker.

Clarence Weiant died on October 29, 1986, in Peekskill, New York.

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