Saturday, October 17, 2009

BBC - Secrets Of The Ancients - The Olmec Heads


Whenever people today see wonders of the ancient world, like Stonehenge or the Pyramids, the question that always comes up is "how'd they do that? These are the questions that this documentary series tries to answer, and one thing is clear — it wasn't easy!

4. Olmec Heads

The Olmec civilization in Mexico sculpted massive stone heads 3000 years ago — 500 years before Rome was founded. These statues weighed up to 40 tonnes and were made from stone that came from the Tuxtla mountains more than 160 kilometres away. The journey would have taken the Olmecs across great rivers and virtually impassable swamps. How did they manage that?

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