Unloading Olmec Head at Entrance of National Museum of Natural History

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Riggers unload a five-ton stone Olmec head (1000-800 B.C.) at the Mall entrance of the National Museum of Natural History. A special steel-frame platform was constructed to hold the sculpture. The Olmec head was discovered in 1946 by Smithsonian anthropologist Dr. Matthew W. Sterling at San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan, Veracruz. The sculpture is part of the exhibit "Treasures of Mexico: From the Mexican National Museum."


  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Anthropology


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Featured in TORCH, April 1978

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371 Box 2 Folder April 1978

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu



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  • Artifacts
  • Archaeology
  • Treasures of Mexico: From the Mexican National Museum (Exhibition)
  • Moving of artifacts
  • Sculpture
  • Sterling, Matthew W
  • Exhibitions
  • Anthropology
  • Olmec
  • Event




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