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Olmec Archaeology and Early Mesoamerica


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  • Date Published: May 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521788823

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  • The foundations for the Maya and other civilizations of ancient Mesoamerica were laid down over 2400 years ago during the early and middle phases of the Formative period. The most elaborate of these formative Mesoamerican societies are represented by the archaeological culture called Olmec, which merged some 3500 years ago in the tropical lowlands of southern Veracruz and Tabasco, Mexico. Flourishing over the next 1000 years, the Olmecs created the most complex social and political hierarchies of their time on the North American continent. Olmec rulers expressed their material and religious power in the first monumental stone art of Mesoamerica, remarkable for its sophistication and naturalism, as well as massive buried offerings of wealth obtained from great distances. Olmec Archaeology and Early Mesoamerica offers the most thorough and up-to-date book-length treatment of Olmec society and culture available.

    • The most thorough and up-to-date book-length treatment of Olmec society and culture available
    • Highlights variation in Olmec economy, society, polity, ideology, art and interregional interaction with a topic-oriented approach
    • Offers a fair and thoughtful evaluation of the major controversies in Olmec studies
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521788823
    • length: 370 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.652kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. 'Great Stone Faces of the Mexican Jungle'
    3. Olman, the land of the Olmecs
    4. Olmec beginnings
    5. Olmec transformations: the Middle Formative period
    6. The Olmecs and Mesoamerica
    7. Collapse, continuity, and evolution: Late Formative Olman
    8. The Olmecs and their legacy.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Aztec Archaeology
  • Author

    Christopher Pool, University of Kentucky
    Christopher A. Pool is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Kentucky. He has conducted archaeological fieldwork in southern Veracruz state, Mexico and in the eastern United States.

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