Thirty Years After La Mojarra: Epi-Olmec Writing Revisited

Author(s): Stephanie Strauss

Year: 2017


Almost a century after William H. Holmes published the first study of the incomparable Tuxtla Statuette, the La Mojarra Stela was recovered from the Acula River in Veracruz, Mexico. In the three decades that followed, the hieroglyphic script that pours over these objects has been scrutinized and debated, named and renamed, both deciphered and declared undecipherable. This paper reflects on the status of Isthmian studies and explores the intricacies of Epi-Olmec visual culture as it is understood today. By drawing connections to the Late to Terminal Formative cities of the Pacific coast and highlands, as well as the other great script traditions of ancient Mesoamerica, this paper aims to move Epi-Olmec epigraphy from the realm of theoretical firebrand to its rightful place as an integral field of study within early Mesoamerican visual culture.

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Thirty Years After La Mojarra: Epi-Olmec Writing Revisited. Stephanie Strauss. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431287)


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

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Abstract Id(s): 14463