Found traces of the first developed civilization of America. She appeared before the Maya

Archaeologists in Mexico have discovered two Olmec bas-reliefs carved into large round stones. It's believed that

they depict local rulers with ritual grimaces.

Twin sculptures found in Tenosik, the cityTabasco state, near the southern border of Mexico. Scientists have suggested that the statues depict the rulers of the ancient civilization of the Olmecs. They ruled between 1200 B.C. and 400 B.C. and are considered the first advanced pre-Hispanic civilization in Mesoamerica. Today they are best known for their sculptures of colossal heads.

Image courtesy of INAH Tabasco

Diameter of massive 3D limestone sculpturesis about one and a half meters, they weigh 700 kg each. According to the official statement of scientists, the faces of local rulers are depicted on two carved monuments with gaping "angry mouths" and crossed arms. The sculptures also feature diadems, corncobs and Olmec crosses. The leaders' open mouths allude to the "roar of the jaguar," anthropologists write.

Researchers from the Ministry of CultureThe governments of Mexico have noted that what is most unusual about the reliefs is the arrangement of the mouths on the figures. They are carved like those of the Ahavs - this is the title of the nobility of the states of the Mayan civilization, who adopted the traditions of the Olmecs. It seems that the portraits dated between 900 and 400 BC. e., belonged to important persons of the community.

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