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Title: Olmec Civilization


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Olmec Civilization
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  • 1,200-400 BC
  • Alluvial Soil along rivers south of Gulf of
    Mexico.
  • Large mounds and stone monuments.
  • Villages grew as food supply grew.

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Olmec Society
  • Most were fishers and farmers.
  • Built homes on top of mounds.
  • City-dwellers Elite priests

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Olmec Art and Learning
  • Olmecs moved basalt more than 50 miles to build
    large stone monuments.
  • Used early form of glyph writing and developed a
    calendar.
  • Chief God was the Jaguar.

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Legacy?
  • Did not expand through warfare rather they
    influenced others by trade.
  • Trade Centers.
  • In 500 B.C. Olmecs abandon cities.
  • By 400 B.C. Olmecs all but gone.
  • Mother culture for those that followed.
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