Drucker, Philip; Heizer, Robert F. & Squier, Robert J.
Title Excavations at La Venta Tabasco, 1955 [Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 170]
Edition 1st Edition
Publisher Washington Government Printing Office 1959
Seller ID ID278215
Large octavo size [16x24cm approx]. Very Good+ condition. No dustjacket - As Issued. Olive green cloth boards with gilt title etc to spine. Ex Royal Society of South Australia with a few neat stamps only. Illustrated with Black and White drawings, eight  large fold-out plans of excavations & findings, and with Black and White Photographs. 312 pages La Venta is a pre-Columbian archaeological site of the Olmec civilization located in the present-day Mexican state of Tabasco. As a ceremonial center, La Venta contains an elaborate series of buried offerings and tombs, as well as monumental sculptures. These stone monuments, stelae, and "altars" were carefully distributed amongst the mounds and platforms. The mounds and platforms were built largely from local sands and clays. It is assumed that many of these platforms were once topped with wooden structures, which have long since disappeared.