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An Olmec Cylinder Seal from Los Soldados

Author(s): Hirokazu Kotegawa

Year: 2015

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In 2010, a young man from the Ejido Diaz Ordáz found a Prehispanic clay cylinder eroding out of a road cut in the Olmec site of Los Soldados. Although the exact archaeological provenience is not secure, we consider the object belonging to the Olmec culture through other data obtained by the Proyecto Arqueológico Arroyo Pesquero-Los Soldados. The artifact is of particular importance because of the unique images presented on this artifact, which appears to constitute a domestic scene. We know of no comparable Olmec or other Mesoamerican cylinder seals. In this study we develop an iconographic comparison between similar Mesoamerican images to clarify unique and common characteristics. And we argue that the scene represented on this clay cylinder seal has much to do with the activities engaged by the residents of the site. We consider the potential that this archaeological piece has in helping to reconstruct the daily life of the Ancient Olmec.

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An Olmec Cylinder Seal from Los Soldados. Hirokazu Kotegawa. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396766)


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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America