Say Word: Olmec

Colossal Olmec Head
Olmec (ˈɒlmɛk)

— n pl -mecs -mec
1. a member of an ancient Central American Indian people who inhabited the southern Gulf Coast of Mexico and flourished between about 1200 and 400 bc
— adj
2. of or relating to these people or their civilization or culture

These colossal Olmec heads can be found in the present-day state of Veracruz, Mexico. The sizes of these heads range from approximately 1.5 – 3.5 meters high and can weigh up to 55 tons. Looking at the facial features of these colossal heads, such as the broad noses and thick lips, many believe that these Olmec heads serve as proof of an ancient African presence in the Americas. What are your thoughts?

Olmec. (n.d.). Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. Retrieved January 20, 2011, from website:

Photo credits: Roxanne L. Scott

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