Austin, Texas: Giant Olmec Head Replica

"El Rey," replica of a giant stone-carved head of a leader from an early central American civilization.

Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Address:
Red River St., Austin, TX
Directions:
Entrance to Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, Richardson Hall, Red River St. and Clyde Littlefield Dr.
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Olmec head replica. Giant Olmec Head Replica

Behold "El Rey," as they call the replica of a giant stone-carved Olmec head added to the campus at the University of Texas in 2008. There are 14 of these 6-ton Olmec heads given as gifts by Mexico and placed around the world, to remind all of the Olmec society that flourished for a while in ancient central America.

[Matt Kirby, 12/07/2009]

Other Olmec head replicas: Smithsonian in DC, Chicago's Field Museum, and San Francisco's City College Ocean Avenue campus. Another insidious, long-term scheme to confuse future archaeologists.

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