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DISCOVERING THE OLMECS: AN UNCONVENTIONAL HISTORY. David C. Grove. University of Texas Press, Austin, 2014. William & Bettye Nowlin Series in Art, History and Culture of the Western Hemisphere. 208 pp. with 67 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2014-7076 ISBN 9780292760813 In English.
Publisher's description: The Olmecs are renowned for their massive carved stone heads and other sculptures, the first stone monuments produced in Mesoamerica. Seven decades of archaeological research have given us many insights into the lifeways of the Olmecs, who inhabited parts of the modern Mexican states of Veracruz and Tabasco from around 1150 to 400 BC, and there are several good books that summarize the current interpretations of Olmec prehistory. But these formal studies don't describe the field experiences of the archaeologists who made the discoveries. What was it like to endure the Olmec region's heat, humidity, mosquitoes, and ticks to bring that ancient society to light? How did unforeseen events and luck alter carefully planned research programs and the conclusions drawn from them? And, importantly, how did local communities and individuals react to the research projects and discoveries in their territories? In this engaging book, a leading expert on the Olmecs tells those stories from his own experiences and those of his predecessors, colleagues, and students. Beginning with the first modern explorations in the 1920s, David Grove recounts how generations of archaeologists and local residents have uncovered the Olmec past and pieced together a portrait of this ancient civilization that left no written records.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Native Middle/South America — Mexico — Sculpture — Archaeology, Prehistoric Art
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 161572
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