The Olmec
 
Olmec, The Acrobat, Tlatilco, Early Formative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PRECLASSIC OR FORMATIVE
CLASSIC
POSTCLASSIC
Early
E1500 BC - 900 BCE
Middle
900 BCE - 250 BCE
Late
250 BCE -
AD 250
Early
250 - 600
Late
600 - 900
Early
900 - 1200
Late
1200 - 1521
West Mexican Cultures 1500 BC - AD 1530
Olmec 1200 BCE - 600 BCE
Tres Zapotes 900 BCE - 600 BCE
 
San Lorenzo 900 BCE - 600 BCE
 
La Venta 900 BCE - 600 BCE
 
Teotihuacan 150 BCE - AD 750
 
Zapotec 400 - 800
Monte Alban 400 - 800
Totonac 500 - 1521
   
Toltec 900 - 1200
   
Mixtec 1200 - 1525
   
Aztec 1350 - 1521
Tenochtitlan 1350 - 1521
 
Texcoco 1350 - 1521
 
Maya 250 BC - AD 1000
   
Cerros 250 BC - AD 200
   
Tikal 200 BC - AD 800
   
Piedras Negras 300 - 800
   
Uxmal 700 - 1000
 
Copan 600 - 800
   
Toltec - Maya 1000 - 1200
   
Chichen Itza 1000 - 1200
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olmec civilization
1500 BCE - 600 BC
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Key sites:
San Lorenzo - 1700 BC - 900 BC
La Venta - 900 BC - 400 BC
Tres Zapotes - 900 BC - 600 BC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mathew Stirling, Chief of the Smithsonian Bureau of American Ethnology,
with unearthed Olmec head, 1938

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Lorenzo Colossal Head 1 and 2, 850 - 700 BCE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The heads were transported across swampland by boat from nearest known basalt source, the Tuxtla Mountains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olmec Colossal Head 5, San Lorenzo, Tenochtitlán 1200 – 900 BCE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Lorenzo Acropolis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reconstructions of ceremonial mound cluster at La Venta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olmec, Colossal Head ?, La Venta, 900 – 400 BCE.