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

"El Rey" -- replica of a giant Olmec stone head, a gift from Mexico. 14 of these public sculptures are installed around the world.

"I'm not crying."

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 01/26/2017]

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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