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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

Red River St., Austin, TX
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."

[ 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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