Early Olmec Wetland Mounds: Investing Energy to Produce Energy

Ann Cyphers and Judith Zurita-Noguera

in Early New World Monumentality

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780813038087
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043128 | DOI:
Early Olmec Wetland Mounds: Investing Energy to Produce Energy

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This chapter surveys specific types of early monumental constructions at the regional Olmec capital of San Lorenzo, Veracruz, and their temporal relationship to the evidence for social and economic stratification and the consolidation of political power. While pyramidal mounds were not constructed at this early center, tremendous quantities of labor were employed to modify the plateau on which the site was located as well as to transport and carve monumental scale stone sculptures.

Keywords: Preclassic period archaeology; Mesoamerica; Olmec; Early architecture; Social complexity

Chapter.  13206 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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