Olmecs Civilazation

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Francisco Orozco
Rhonda Taube
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October 2, 2012
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The Olmec were considered to be the first major civilization in Mexico. Some identified this culture as the oldest Mesoamerican civilizations, and that’s why some consider it to be the mother culture. Off course there are some theorists that believe that the Olmec were not the first. Some claim that, because the tombs were looted or inscribed by the looters themselves, they were not reliable enough to date. Another example was the words on the caves weren’t words, but graffiti that had been defaced by the looters on the walls of the tombs and caves. The Olmec expressed their traditions and heritage thru architecture and art. It can be seen by the cave paintings, jade figurines, jewelry, pyramid building, mirror-making, rubber balls and ball courts, and many other sculptures made from stone wood, and jade. Therefore much of their artwork is innovative and traits of their artwork have been carried through many of the Mesoamerican civilizations, such as the Mayans and Aztecs. The best example that can summarize the Olmec and uniquely describe and strengthen who they were and were they originated from, is thru their art work. The most famous architecture that defines the Olmec is known for their colossal heads sculpted from stone and the ways they transported them. Some sources say unless some Olmec graves or records that contain evidence of the end of the Olmec are recovered; it is unlikely that we will ever know what happened to their…...

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