The Olmecs

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The Olmecs

Post  NVillar on Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:59 pm

The first signs of a complex society in Mesoamerica were The Olmecs. The Olmecs were an ancient Pre-Colombian civilization living in the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico, in what is now today the modern-day states of Veracruz and Tabasco. The Olmecs extended from the Tuxtlas mountains in the west to the lowlands of the Chontalpa in the east. Throughout the years they have found over 170 Olmec monuments. The Olmec heartland is a archaeological name for the actual birthplace of the Olmec culture. The Olmec civilization flourished during Mesoamerica’s period, from 1400 BCE to about 400 BCE. There is evidence that the Olmec practiced ritual bloodletting and played the Mesoamerican ballgame. The most familiar aspect of the Olmec civilization is their artwork.The Olmec civilization was best known for their artifacts purchased on the pre-Columbian art market in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Olmec artworks are considered among ancient America's most striking artwork.

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