Early Reports on the Olmec
The 1939 Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society Archaeological Expedition was the first scientifically organized effort aimed at exploring an Olmec site. Although travelers and archaeologists in the 19th and early 20th century had described several unusual monuments and artifacts at that time, nothing was known about the culture or people who had produced these objects.
Click on any of the images to the right to read about early explorers and archaeologists reporting on Olmec monuments and artifacts.
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