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Figurine head collected in 1942-1943 by Matthew Stirling, Philip Drucker, & Waldo Wedel in La Venta, Tabasco

Figurine head collected in 1942-1943 by Matthew Stirling, Philip Drucker, & Waldo Wedel in La Venta, Tabasco

Frans Blom and Oliver La Farge, 1925

Oliver La Farge, Frans Blom and their guide "Tata" Lazaro Hernandez in Guatemala, 1925 In Tribes and Temples by Frans Blom and Oliver La Farge.
Oliver La Farge, Frans Blom and their guide "Tata" Lazaro Hernandez in Guatemala, 1925 In Tribes and Temples by Frans Blom and Oliver La Farge.

Frans Blom and Oliver La Farge, both anthropologists from Tulane University, were primarily interested in the Maya. In 1925 they were in search of a site that had been described by Bernal Diaz del Castillo, when he passed through it in 1519. A local guide led them to a site called La Venta where they found stelae, altars and a colossal stone head. They described these finds in Tribes and Temples in 1926, but as they were unfamiliar with the Olmec style, they ascribed them to the Maya instead.

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