Abstract

In 1969, Paul Tolstoy commented that archaeological investigation at La Venta had become "a fairly long and at times tortuous story of excavation, interpretation, re-interpretation, and depredation at the famous site found by Stirling." This thesis adds to the torture by describing and illustrating the architecture, burials, offerings, and stone sculpture of La Venta Complex A in an effort to reconcile data into an accurate sequence of meaningful cultural events. The details derive from excavation reports, field notes, maps, photographs, and correspondence of the early investigators of the site. This study addressed three myopic perceptions regarding La Venta: (1) the secludedness of Complex A, in particular the Ceremonial Court, from its inception to its termination, (2) the classification and identification of real human burials in Complex A, and (3) the analytical decontextualization of objects, offerings, and monuments from connected ritual activities there.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Anthropology

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http://lib.byu.edu/about/copyright/

Date Submitted

2010-07-28

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd3878

Keywords

Mesoamerica, La Venta, Burials, Offerings, Monuments, Architecture, Preclassic, Olmec, Formative

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