Lecture: "Go to the Foot of the Sacred Mountain and Bring Back My Boulder: How Olmec Rulers Acquired Stone for Colossal Heads and Thrones"
Mon, November 29, 2010 • 6:00 PM • ART 1.120
The Olmecs who lived in southern Mexico 3,000 years ago are famous for large stone sculptures, especially their gigantic portraits of rulers known as Colossal Heads and associated Thrones. Many questions surround the creation and meanings of these monuments but none are more intriguing than how the Olmecs managed to move the stone boulders on which they were carved. Richard A. Diehl, University of Alabama, will examine how the Olmecs, who lack large domestic animals, wheels, and other sophisticated mechanical devices, accomplished this feat not just once but many times during the course of their history.
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