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Tuxtla statuette collected ca. 1902 in Hueyapan, Veracruz

Tuxtla statuette collected ca. 1902 in Hueyapan, Veracruz

José Maria Melgar y Serrano, 1869

The first known report on an Olmec artifact a colossal head found by a farmer in Hueyapan in the State of Veracruz was by José Maria Melgar y Serrano, a Mexican Explorer. He published his discovery along with illustrations in an 1869 issue of the Seminario Ilustrado. In 1906 the German explorer Eduard Seler visited the head, which was then lost to the archaeological record until Albert Weyerstall described it again in 1932.

Carved wood reproduction of the colossal head of Hueyapan
          (Tres Zapotes Monument A) and other artifacts, in Estudio sobre la
          antigüedad y origen de la cabeza colosal de tipo etiópico
          que existe en Hueyapan en el cantón de los Tuxtlas (1871), by
        José Maria Melgar y Serrano.
Carved wood reproduction of the colossal head of Hueyapan (Tres Zapotes Monument A) and other artifacts, in "Estudio sobre la antigüedad y origen de la cabeza colosal de tipo etiópico que existe en Hueyapan en el cantón de los Tuxtlas" (1871), by José Maria Melgar y Serrano.

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