Discovering the Olmecs

In this engaging book, a leading expert on the Olmecs tells those stories from his own experiences and those of his predecessors, colleagues, and students.

Discovering the Olmecs

The Olmecs are renowned for their massive carved stone heads and other sculptures, the first stone monuments produced in Mesoamerica. Seven decades of archaeological research have given us many insights into the lifeways of the Olmecs, who inhabited parts of the modern Mexican states of Veracruz and Tabasco from around 1150 to 400 BC, and there are several good books that summarize the current interpretations of Olmec prehistory. But these formal studies don't describe the field experiences of the archaeologists who made the discoveries. What was it like to endure the Olmec region's heat, humidity, mosquitoes, and ticks to bring that ancient society to light? How did unforeseen events and luck alter carefully planned research programs and the conclusions drawn from them? And, importantly, how did local communities and individuals react to the research projects and discoveries in their territories? In this engaging book, a leading expert on the Olmecs tells those stories from his own experiences and those of his predecessors, colleagues, and students. Beginning with the first modern explorations in the 1920s, David Grove recounts how generations of archaeologists and local residents have uncovered the Olmec past and pieced together a portrait of this ancient civilization that left no written records. The stories are full of fortuitous discoveries and frustrating disappointments, helpful collaborations and deceitful shenanigans. What emerges is an unconventional history of Olmec archaeology, a lively introduction to archaeological fieldwork, and an exceptional overview of all that we currently know about the Olmecs.

Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America

them not officially 'discovered' until the age of modern telescopes.” This left me
wondering, “Why have celestial navigation signs if they weren't navigating
celestially?” And Cooper asks, if “someone” had helped the Olmec with this
knowledge, ...

Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America

In Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America, the author of The Atlantis Encyclopedia turns his sextant towards this hemisphere. Here is a collection of the most controversial articles selected from seventy issues of the infamous Ancient American magazine. They range from the discovery of Roman relics in Arizona and California's Chinese treasure, to Viking rune-stones in Minnesota and Oklahoma and the mysterious religions of ancient Americans.

Discovering the Past

THE OLMECS In 1862 a huge stone head was discovered along the coast of
Mexico . In later years , artefacts from the Olmecs were found at sites in Mexico .
In 1939 a carving was discovered near the gigantic head with a characteristic
Olmec ...

Discovering the Past


Exploring the Aztecs

Discovering the Aztecs Every year there are archaeological excavations in
Mexico City which uncover more evidence of the Aztecs . As modern buildings
are demolished the archaeologists move in to look for signs that will tell them
whether ...

Exploring the Aztecs

Remains to be Seen is a fascinating series which looks at the past through the archeological evidence that remains today. Exploring the Aztecs discusses who the Aztecs were, and how their ancient civilisation in Mexico developed. Who was Moctezuma, and what was it like to live in Tenochititian, the Aztec capital city built on a lake? The reader is taken on a guided tour of the Aztec world, exploring their capital city, and discovering a world of emperors, nobles, priests, warriors, commoners and slaves who belonged to one of the greatest civilizations in the Americas.

Reading Planet KS2 The Lost Civilisations of Latin America Level 8 Supernova Red band

Discovering. the. Olmecs. The remains of the Olmec civilisation were only
discovered around 100 years ago. Archaeologists did not ... Radiocarbon dating
shows that the remains of Olmec buildings were much older than previously
thought.

Reading Planet KS2   The Lost Civilisations of Latin America   Level 8  Supernova  Red  band

Get ready to travel back in time and learn about the intriguing people and cultures that existed in what we now know as Mexico, Central and South America from the Maya who built imposing temples and pyramids, to the Inca, who crafted beautiful solid-gold objects and founded the incredible city of Machu Picchu high in the Andes mountains. With this book as your guide, you'll discover many fascinating facts about these mysterious peoples, including the food they ate, the sports they played, the buildings and art they created, and their religious beliefs (which often included human sacrifice!). You'll also uncover why these civilisations were almost entirely lost, and how we know about them today from the traces they left behind, and from their descendants who pass on knowledge of their ancient ancestors. The Lost Civilisations of Latin America is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will be inspired to love reading through the gripping stories and fascinating information books created by top authors. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Reading age: 10-11 years

The Olmecs

597 - 611 . CoE , Michael D . 1968a . “ San Lorenzo and the Olmec Civilization . ”
Dumbarton Oaks Conference on the Olmec , pp . 41 – 78 . Washington , D . C .
COE , Michael D . 1968b . America ' s First Civilization : Discovering the Olmec .

The Olmecs

Recounts the recent discovery of this ancient Central American civilization, describes what has been learned about Olmec culture, and speculates about their political and social organization

Pacific Discovery

DISCOVERING THE AUSTRALIAN DESERT CULTURE 1 EDITOR : Bruce
Finson R. A. Gould ART DIRECTOR : Johan Kooy THE DESERT PRIMROSE 12
MANAGING EDITOR : George E. Lindsay ( Director California Academy of
Science ...

Pacific Discovery


The Aztecs

Discovering the Olmecs The earliest of Mesoamerica ' s ancient civilizations , the
Olmec , was also the most mysterious . The Olmecs remained unknown to
scholars studying Mexican civilizations until the 1930s , when excavators working
 ...

The Aztecs

Discusses the Aztec civilization including daily life, customs, societal structure, art, religion, and conquest by the Spanish.

Discovering the Global Past To 1650

The Mayas them - like Greek statuary and Gupta images selves drew on the
artistic traditions of the Buddha , images of the human of the Olmecs , who had
preceded form from western Africa are shaping them as a major civilization in
Mexico ...

Discovering the Global Past  To 1650

This successful world history version of the popular Discovering series contains a multi-part pedagogical framework that guides students through the process of historical inquiry and explanation. The text emphasizes historical study as interpretation rather than memorization of data.

Esoteric Science Volume 1

America-which has been popularized by the Mayan calendar-was actually
invented by the Olmecs during the second ... 327 (Penguin Books, 1977) 47
Discovering the Mysteries ofAncientAmerica by Frank Joseph and Zecharia
Sitchin, pg.

Esoteric Science  Volume 1


Discover

This pre - Mayan , prepre - Columbian scholars , inColumbian culture had left
becluding : Why did the Olmecs hind statues and axes made of stop carving jade
? Perhaps their a translucent blue - green jade miners , who finally agreed to ...

Discover


Research Exploration

Our understanding of the Olmecs has been a slow accretion of knowledge , all
too infrequently punctuated by bursts of fieldwork and a rush of new data . ... Coe
, M. D .: America's First Civilization : Discovering the Olmec . American Heritage ...

Research   Exploration


Maya Calendar Origins

1968a San Lorenzo and the Olmec Civilization . In Dumbarton Oaks Conference
on the Olmec , ed . Elizabeth P . Benson , pp . 41 - 71 . Washington , D . C . :
Dumbarton Oaks . 1968b America ' s First Civilization : Discovering the Olmec .

Maya Calendar Origins

In Maya Political Science: Time, Astronomy, and the Cosmos, Prudence M. Rice proposed a new model of Maya political organization in which geopolitical seats of power rotated according to a 256-year calendar cycle known as the May. This fundamental connection between timekeeping and Maya political organization sparked Rice's interest in the origins of the two major calendars used by the ancient lowland Maya, one 260 days long, and the other having 365 days. In Maya Calendar Origins, she presents a provocative new thesis about the origins and development of the calendrical system. Integrating data from anthropology, archaeology, art history, astronomy, ethnohistory, myth, and linguistics, Rice argues that the Maya calendars developed about a millennium earlier than commonly thought, around 1200 BC, as an outgrowth of observations of the natural phenomena that scheduled the movements of late Archaic hunter-gatherer-collectors throughout what became Mesoamerica. She asserts that an understanding of the cycles of weather and celestial movements became the basis of power for early rulers, who could thereby claim "control" over supernatural cosmic forces. Rice shows how time became materialized--transformed into status objects such as monuments that encoded calendrical or temporal concerns--as well as politicized, becoming the foundation for societal order, political legitimization, and wealth. Rice's research also sheds new light on the origins of the Popol Vuh, which, Rice believes, encodes the history of the development of the Mesoamerican calendars. She also explores the connections between the Maya and early Olmec and Izapan cultures in the Isthmian region, who shared with the Maya the cosmovision and ideology incorporated into the calendrical systems.

A Hundred and Fifty Years of Archaeology

For an account of the Olmecs see Michael D . Coe America ' s First Civilisation :
Discovering the Olmec ( Eau Claire , Wisconsin , 1968 ) and his Mexico ( London
, 1962 ) . Miguel Covarrubias said that the Olmec culture was the foundation on ...

A Hundred and Fifty Years of Archaeology


The Olmec

New York : Museum of Primitive Art . 1968 America ' s First Civilization :
Discovering the Olmec . New York : American Heritage . COE , MICHAEL D .
1960 Archaeological Linkages with North and South Ameri - ca at La Victoria ,
Guatemala .

The Olmec

Discusses current theories concerning the ancient Olmec civilization, and shows examples of their carvings, sculpture, and ruins

The Red and the Black

According to Coe , in his America ' s First Civilization : Discovering the Olmec (
1968 ) , the Olmecs had had the earliest civilization in Mesoamerica and had
appeared at the beginning with fully developed calendrical , mathematical , and ...

The Red and the Black


The Olmec Civilization Art and Archaeology

By the time the printer had taken several months to set the type several new
major books on the Olmec appeared . They are Beatriz de la ... 1969a Review of
America's First Civilization : Discovering the Olmec , by M.D. Coe . Aant , Vol .

The Olmec Civilization  Art and Archaeology


Covarrubias

Matthew Stirling , “ Early History of the Olmec Problem , ” Dunbarton Oaks
Conference on the Olmec , October 28 – 29 , 1967 , edited by Elizabeth P .
Benson ( Washington ... Coe , America ' s First Civilization : Discovering the
Olmecs , 148 .

Covarrubias

As fascinating themselves as any of their renowned guests, the Covarrubiases together fostered a renaissance of interest in the history and traditional arts of Mexico's indigenous peoples, while amassing an extraordinary collection of art that ranged from pre-Hispanic Olmec and Aztec sculptures to the work of Diego Rivera.

The Course of Mexican History

The Olmec World . Translated by Doris Heyden and Fernando Horcasitas .
Berkeley : University of California Press , 1969 . Coe , Michael . America ' s First
Civilization : Discovering the Olmecs . New York : Van Nostrand , 1968 . - The
Jaguar ...

The Course of Mexican History

Still the leading book on Mexican history from the pre-Columbian periods to the present, this thoroughly updated sixth edition of The Course of Mexican History introduces a new co-author, Susan Deeds, and features a new emphasis on social and cultural history. It offers a new understanding of indigenous cultures, including revised discussions of pre-Columbian central Mexico and the Spanish conquest of Mexico, as well as an examination of new trends in the fast-changing field of Mayan studies. Using recent scholarship and discoveries, the authors have expanded the sections on the historical background of Spanish conquistadors and the social, religious, and cultural history of Mexico's colonial period, with a particular emphasis on its impact on women and indigenous cultures. New research on the events and social grievances which led up to the independence movement are examined as well.