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Ancient Origins - Olmec - The Mother culture of Mesoamerica, as the Olmec are sometimes referred to,originated during the middle of the Early Preclassic on the eastern coastal region of Mexico. Their territory spanned as far south as Guatemala and as far north as the Valley of Mexico. However, it should not be assumed that the Olmec had an empire or that all of the land in between the two-most extreme points was inhabited.
Civilizations in America Contents - The earliest civilization in Central Americaand possibly the earliest civilization in the Americaswas the Olmec civilization which arose sometime between 1200 and 1000 BC. They originally lived in the Gulf Coast region of southern Mexico, but soon expanded into Guatemala
El Centro College's Olmec Page - Olmec Internet resources and links.
Epi-Olmec Decipherment - Study of a newly discovered column of hieroglyphic text on the La Mojarra stela has confirmed the accuracy of translations published five years ago.
National Geographic Magazine: August 1996 - Felipe Dávalos studies the colossal heads at the Olmec site of San Lorenzo in 1967. Taking careful measurements and notes of each detail, Dávalos drew every monument from four sides (above, right). Most scholars believe the sculptures are portraits of important rulers of Mesoamericas first civilization.
Olmec Civilization - In 1862 a colossal stone head was discovered in the state of Veracruz along the steaming Gulf Coast of Mexico. In the years to come, artifacts from the culture later termed Olmec turned up at widespread sites in Mexico and adjacent Central America, with the greatest number of characteristic themes being present in the region of the original discovery.
The Olmec - Essay overviewing the Olmec, with a map, pictures, and links.
The Olmec World - In 1862 plantation workers in Huaypan, Veracruz, thought that they had found a large overturned iron kettle buried in the ground. Believing that it might hide a cache of gold, they dug -- and dug -- and dug, eventually revealing a colossal stone portrait head. This was the first Olmec sculpture to be discovered in Mexico.
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