Tres Zapotes

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  • Similarities And Differences To The Ubaid Period Chiefdom Of Mesopotamia

    civilization of the Mesoamerica that formed the social complexity or chiefdom of 2-tiered settlement hierarchy with large villages. There are three important sites of the Olmec civilization, which are, San Lorenzo, La Venta, and Tres Zapotes. Those are not the size of the city, but they are classified to be just monumental centers according to the less density of population. Even if the Olmec got interacted with other areas of Mesoamerica through trading and exchange of the iron ore mirrors, obsidians, and ideas that were found in other parts of Mesoamerica, it was common similar to the old world. However, the emergence of the rulership is so interesting and controversial for archaeologists to research. Based on the archaeological records in San Lorenzo site located the Gulf Coast Levee settlement, archaeologist found Olmec Colossal Heads that were built to portray the face of rulers, and there are many different faces. The colossal heads were a dense-heavy rock. Such a rock can be found approximately a hundred miles far from San Lorenzo. It might basically be hard to carry the rock to there. This means the rulers must have the power to organize labors to transport the rock back to San Lorenzo. Moreover, the archaeological evidences in La Venta and Tres Zapotes also support the investigation that the Olmec rulers used the ideologies and religious beliefs to control people. Such ritual materials contain Were-Jaguar sculpture, Jaguar-Mask Serpentine, cache of carved Jade…

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  • Mother Culture Model

    Since archaeology developed as an academic discipline, scholars have devoted substantial attention to identifying the first civilizations; one prominent area of debate concerns how and when civilization initially ascended in Mesoamerica – much of modern day Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador (Blomster et al. 2005). Approximately 3000 years ago, Mexico’s Gulf Coast was inhabited by the Olmec – an archaeological culture that differs from a conventional culture as it is a…

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  • Georges Lemaynetre: Father Of The Big Bang Theory

    Objective Description In the year 2000, the American Museum of Natural History posted an essay as an online resource, Profile: Georges Lemaître, Father of the Big Bang. An excerpt from Cosmic Horizons: Astronomy at the Cutting Edge. It was edited by Steven Soter and Neil deGrasse Tyson. The profile begins with a simple explanation of the expanding universe and how Georges Lemaître published his mathematical findings that today we know as the Big Bang theory. Soter and deGrasse Tyson provide…

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  • The Olmecs And Aztec Civilization

    THE OLMECS AND THEİR HİSTORY Olmecs we a powerful civilisation that had a great history. The Olmecs were the first civilisation in Mexico following a progressive development in Soconusco. “Olmecs lived in tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico, in the today states of Veracruz and Tabasco. Olmec civilisation prospered in Pre-Classical Mesoamerica from 1200 BCE to 400 BCE.” And it’s generally considered as the ancestor of all subsequent Mesoamerican cultures such as Mayan and Aztec. While…

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  • Olmec Civilization Analysis

    this civilization based their art on ceremonies, to praise a leader, or to simply illustrate the daily routines the Olmec people practiced. 
 LIFE AT SAN LORENZO 
 Geographically, the Olmec Civilization is situated in between the two Mexican states, Tabasco and Veracruz along the Gulf Coast of Mexico. The weather and environment can be described as tropical with fertile land, one of the reasons why vegetation and the culture remained strong (Cyphers 1996). Furthermore, there are three main…

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  • Colossal Head

    The Colossal Heads also appear to be wearing helmets, something that has puzzled researchers ever since they were discovered. The first Olmec head was discovered at Tres Zapotes where at the same time 'Stelae C' was discovered. Markings on Stelae C bear the Olmec calendar long count date which converts to 31 BC. This date on the stelae gives us a probable date for the placement of the Colossal Head. More gigantic heads like the one at Tres Zapotes, in addition to a number of massive stone…

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