10 things over 1,000 years old that you can see for yourself

These historic artifacts make it possible to come face-to-face with ancient times.

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Olmec head at the Xalapa Anthropology Museum in Veracruz Olmec head at the Xalapa Anthropology Museum in Veracruz (Photo: Maribel Ponce Ixba / Wikimedia Commons)

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Olmec colossal heads

The Olmec civilization thrived in what is now Eastern Mexico more than 3,000 years ago. The Olmec were skilled craftspeople, and their intricate carvings have been found all over the region. The most interesting remnants of this civilization are giant heads that were carved out of basalt boulders. Though it is not possible to put an exact date on these carvings, experts think that most are between 2,500 and 3,500 years old.

Aside from the life-like faces, the most astonishing thing about these carvings is their size. Even the smallest heads weigh about six tons, and the largest, which sits in the state of Veracruz, weighs in at 40 tons and stands 11 feet tall. Replicas of the heads are found in museums throughout the world, but the originals are still found in the Mexican states of Veracruz and Tabasco.

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