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Early Olmec Figurines from Two Regions

David Cheetham

in Mesoamerican Figurines

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033303
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039350 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033303.003.0006
Early Olmec Figurines from Two Regions

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Looking into the Olmec style of art brings about intense debates among Mesoamerican archaeologists. Certain disagreements are brought about by the meaning of this style particularly in terms of early Mesoamerican cultures and people since the question arises regarding how this style can be connected to the local emulation or the migration of Gulf Olmecs. This chapter attempts to show how the Olmec-style figurines originated from the Gulf Olmec peoples, and it looks into the fact that some of these figurines were found in areas beyond the Gulf. The links associated with these discoveries are said to be related to extreme colonization.

Keywords: Mesoamerican culture; Olmec-style figurines; Gulf Olmecs; migration; local emulation; colonization

Chapter.  6695 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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