The New Adventures of Old Ceramic Figurines from Tres Zapotes, Mexico

Author(s): Erin Sears

Year: 2018


The long-term exploration of Formative fluorescence within the Veracruz region of Mexico has been supported through mid-20th century archaeological excavations and collection management protocols of the Smithsonian Institution’s Natural History Museum Department of Anthropology. The Olmec site of Tres Zapotes has been a focus of archaeological investigation since 1938 by Smithsonian’s Bureau of American Ethnology Director, Matthew Stirling. Research at the site continues to explore the regional diversity as currently carried out by Christopher Pool and team members from the University of Kentucky. This report concerns the use of miniature ceramic figurines as a focus for understanding variation using current and previously excavated material. Through the use of technical studies, archives and comparative methods, interpretive benefits of incorporating museum collections with data emerging from current research are discussed.

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The New Adventures of Old Ceramic Figurines from Tres Zapotes, Mexico. Erin Sears. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443958)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -98.987; min lat: 17.77 ; max long: -86.858; max lat: 25.839 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 20712