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A ear of corn of jade from Arroyo Pesquero, sacred offering

Author(s): Henri Bernard

Year: 2015

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There are many objects in olmec-style with iconography in public and private collections outside of Mexico attributed to the archaeological site of Arroyo Pesquero, a remarkable site known for its beautiful offerings on hard stones (jade, serpentine) especially masks, has been the subject of few campaigns of archaeological research in 1969 a short stay for the Archaeologist Manuel Torres and in recent years by the Arroyo Pesquero Archaeological Project directed by Carl Wendt, in that project, in 2012 exploration season, an extraordinary and unusual archaeological specimen an ear of corn made of mottled brown and white jadeite was discovered, confirming the importance and significance of this site for the olmecs. The objects with origins attributed to this site in American collections have been the subject of several studies in counterpart European collections are often poorly documented and do not receive adequate recognition. This presentation is a compilation of the objects attributed to Arroyo Pesquero organizing the collections on existing types and trying to trace possible links particularly with the piece found in 2012.

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A ear of corn of jade from Arroyo Pesquero, sacred offering. Henri Bernard. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396770)


Jade Maize Offering

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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