The Origins of Monumentality in Ancient Guerrero, Mexico

Louise I. Paradis

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:
The Origins of Monumentality in Ancient Guerrero, Mexico

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In Guerrero, monumentality first appears at Teopantecuanitlan, probably around 1200 B.C., and in several other sites from 1000 B.C on. It is closely associated in its shape and content with the Olmec art style and civilization. An analysis of monumentality in this region of Mesoamerica, both from a historical (i.e., the original construction) and a long-term developmental perspective, contributes to the understanding of its origin and relation to the emergence of social complexity.

Keywords: Monumental architecture; Social complexity; Mesoamerica; Ancient Guerrero

Chapter.  6739 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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