February 16th, 2021



Olmec are known for the immense stone heads they carved from a volcanic basalt.

The group known as ‘Offering 4’ can be seen as it was placed into the ground in the mortuary of Complex A: a cache made up of 16 figures made from semi-precious stone and six thin celts (adze- or chisel-shaped stones) with engravings, which might signify columns or stelae (or maize sprouts). The idea is that the offering shows a procession of some kind, but it is unclear if the figures depict rulers and nobles, or mythical personages. This cache was placed in a small pit on top of one of the so-called ‘Massive Offerings’ at La Venta.