The Olmec tools and buildings they built were very cavemen like. Obviously the stone tools and buildings were important to their survival. Because the tools were important the Olmec had to keep making them and were located in markets in the town(center of exhibit). The heavy stone buildings families lived in were important because without them people would have nowhere to live. Homes are usually located in the middle of the town(center of exhibit). Community farm buildings were usually located just outside the town(bottom right of exhibit). The community farm buildings were important because people needed to eat. Most of the tools and buildings the Olmec used were made of
Mr. John Newport
September 6, 2013
An Analysis of Ivan Van Sertima’s African influence upon the Olmecs
The Olmecs were considered to be the first pre-classic civilization in Mesoamerica that flourished in the year C. 1500 to 300 BCE who lived in the Tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico. The word Olmec comes from Aztec origin meaning “people of the rubber country”. The Olmecs were the first civilization to practice ritualistic bloodletting and played the Mesoamerican ballgame, Pok-A-Tok….
The Olmecs: New Light on a Shadowy Past
In an old movie, a dashing adventurer hacks his way through tangled jungle vines, searching for
a lost civilization. Suddenly, he stumbles upon a dark pit hidden by dense undergrowth. At the bottom
of the pit stands a huge stone monument covered with strange carvings. The adventurer is thrilled when
he realizes that he has chanced upon the remains of an unknown civilization that existed thousands ofyears ago.
More than three thousand years ago in the jungles….
The first Mesoamerican civilization. Between ca. 1200 and 400 B.C.E., the __ people of central Mexico created a vibrant civilization that included intensive agriculture, wide-ranging trade, ceremonial centers, and monumental construction. The __ had great cultural influence on later Mesoamerican societies, passing on artistic styles, religious imagery, sophisticated astronomical observation for the construction of calendars, and a ritual ball game. (p. 75)
__ The first major urban….
The Olmec civilization thrived from c. 1500 BC to 400 BC, in the modern day Mexican states of Veracruz and Tabasco. Due to lack of archaeological evidence, the Olmec’s origin of ethnic identity is unknown. There is such a lack of knowledge that researchers still are unaware of the name this group of people referred to themselves as. The title Olmec comes from, ‘Olmec-Xicalanca, which is the name of the multi-lingual traders of the Conquest Era, from the same region, and the name has stuck through….
The most recognizable artifacts of the Olmec civilization are their massive, carved stone heads. It is believed that they are representations of Olmec rulers. We know that these are made by Olmecs because there are glyphs on the heads. Glyphs is a form of writing for the Olmecs. The massive monuments show us that the people of Olmec had a complex society and were building towns while the rest of Mesoamerican civilization was still unsophisticated. It is said to believe that the heights of the heads….
The objectives of this exercise are to learn to recognize, characterize, and interpret the Olmec style. Through the exercise you should develop the ability to:
1. Recognize the Olmec style, to distinguish it from other Mesoamerican styles, and to describe the elements that constitute the style. For example, the style is recognizable by its smooth, rounded representations; it is unlike the Zapotec style which is much more ornate.
2. Recognize possible meanings of some of themes embodied in the….
The Olmec culture has associated their art with the jaguar. To them, the jaguar is a powerful and mysterious animal that they would worship. Infantile sculptures that were created by the Olmec were found in Mesoamerica. The sculptures are those of naked infants where the sex is usually not denoted. Some of the sculptures can be found with feline characteristics such as that of a jaguar’s mouth. There is speculation that the mouths of the figures appear to be of jaguars due to the similarity between….
History and Literature: World Civilizations to 1600s
Spring Semester 2013
The Olmec and the Chavin: A Comparison
The Olmec and Chavín civilizations were two cultures that existed before the Old World discovery of America. The two societies displayed many similar aspects, such as each being known as the “mother culture” of their respective regions, having similar artistic and architectural styles, and apparently alike religions; however, they differed from each….
The Olmecs were farmers, traders, artists innovators. The Olmec culture first emerged in the Isthmus region of Tehuantepec. The site of San Lorenzo, which sits on the Coatzacoalcos River, sheds the most light on this mysterious culture. During this time period, The Initail Formative, food surplus sparked an increase in population and career specialization. With the increase of specialization and sedentism came the environment for complex culture.
The Olmec people were farmers, "using ground-stone….
representation of caves in Olmec art and their actual use of caves like that of Oxtotitlan and Juxtlahuaca with the artificial cave under the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan. List any possible symbolic meanings of caves and their images. With what religious beliefs do they seem to be connected?
There are records of the Olmecs once being present at certain sites. These indications are found on rock paintings and carvings inside the caves left behind by the Olmecs. These artworks are usually….