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  Olmec Civilization, Crystalinks
The Olmec domain extended from the Tuxtlas mountains in the west to the lowlands of the Chontalpa in the east, a region with significant variations in geology and ecology.
The Olmec were perhaps the originators of the Mesoamerican ballgame, prevalent among later cultures of the region and used for recreational and religious purposes.
The Toltecs portrayed the plumed serpent as Quetzalcoatl, the rival of Tezcatlipoca.
www.crystalinks.com /olmec.html   (7215 words)

  
 Olmec Heads
When Matthew Stirling began explorations at the Olmec site of La Venta, Tabasco, in 1942, almost nothing was known about the Olmec or their position in the sequence of Mexico's many Prehispanic cultures.
Many early scholars were reluctant to believe that a society as sophisticated as the Olmec could have developed in the tropical habitat of the Gulf coast, and some hypothesized that the Olmec had originally migrated from elsewhere.
We now know that the great Olmec centers that soon developed at La Venta, San Lorenzo, and Laguna de los Cerros, and the smaller centers such as Tres Zapotes, were not simply vacant religious sites, but dynamic settlements that included artisans and farmers, as well as religious specialists and the rulers.
www.micahwright.com /olmec/olmecs2.html   (0 words)

  
  NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Olmec   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Olmec were an ancient Pre-Columbian people living in the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico, roughly in what are the modern-day states of Veracruz and Tabasco on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.
The Olmec flourished during the Formative (or Preclassic), dating from 1200 BCE to about 400 BCE, and are believed to have been the progenitor civilization of later Mesoamerican civilizations.
The Olmec predominated in their lands from about 1200 BC to about 400 BC and they are, in fact, understood to be the progenitors and mother culture of every primary element common to later Mesoamerican civilizations.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Olmec   (540 words)

  
 Olmec Civilization
The Olmec domain extendED from the Tuxtlas mountains in the west to the lowlands of the Chontalpa in the east, a region with significant variations in geology and ecology.
Many early scholars were reluctant to believe that a society as sophisticated as the Olmec could have developed in the tropical habitat of the Gulf coast, and some hypothesized that the Olmec had originally migrated from elsewhere.
The Olmec had natural shrines devoted to the hill on which the shrine was located and the water.
www.meta-religion.com /World_Religions/Ancient_religions/Central_america/olmec_civilization.htm   (3961 words)

  
 Olmec at AllExperts
The Olmec predominated in their lands from about 1200 BC to about 400 BC and they are, in fact, claimed by many to be the progenitors and mother culture of every primary element common to later Mesoamerican civilizations.
The Olmec were perhaps the originators of the Mesoamerican ballgame so prevalent among later cultures of the region and used for recreational and religious purposes—certainly they were playing it before anyone else has been documented doing so.
By an overwhelming margin the consensus view remains that the Olmec and their achievements are wholly indigenous to the region, founded entirely on a remarkable and ancient agriculture that was indigenous, and that they and neighbouring cultures, with whom they had contact, developed their own characters quite independently of any extra-hemispheric influences.
en.allexperts.com /e/o/ol/olmec.htm   (2767 words)

  
 GardeningDaily - Olmec
The Olmec were an ancient people living in the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico, roughly what would now be the Veracruz and Tabasco regions of the Mexican isthmus.
The Olmec predominated in their lands from about 1200 BC to about 400 BC and they are, in fact, understood to be the progenitors of every primary element common to later Mesoamerican civilizations.
The Olmec were the first to develop a hieroglyphic script for their language, the earliest known example dating from 650 BC.
www.gardeningdaily.com /flowers-and-plants/Olmec   (859 words)

  
 The Olmec World: Ritual and Rulership on Tribalarts.com
Olmec culture is the foundation of all subsequent civilizations of Mesoamerica.
Olmec is the only ancient civilization which celebrates, in a monumental and masterful way, the human baby.
The authors posit that the Olmecs believed that the human body, itself, and especially that of the ruler, divided itself inot and represented the three cosmic levels: the celestial or heavenly, the terrestrial, the earth's surface and the watery underworld, reachable through caves and sacred accesses.
www.tribalarts.com /feature/olmec   (0 words)

  
 The Decipherment of the Olmec Writing System
The hypothesis that the Olmec spoke an Otomanguean language is not supported by the contemporary spatial distribution of the languages spoken in the Tabasco/Veracruz area.
The Olmec inscriptions are primarily of three types 1) talismanic inscriptions found on monuments, statuettes, vessels, masks, and celts; 2) obituaries found on celts and other burial artifacts; and 3) signs on scepters denoting political authority.
The Olmec inscriptions indicate that each Olmec town was ruled by either a governor or King, and that their was a recognized religious leader for the entire community (Winters, 1997).
www.geocities.com /Athens/Academy/8919/decip1.html   (6332 words)

  
 Olmec-style pottery
The highly polished white slip, and the carved incised decorative motifs on these vessels are characteristic of the Olmec style.
The Olmec style is known for its abstract shapes and high technical quality.
Olmec presence is especially found in the western part of Guatemala's southern coast where there are several large middle Preclassic sites, some of which have monumental sculptures.
www.popolvuh.ufm.edu.gt /eng/colmeca.htm   (112 words)

  
 Maya and Olmec religious differences   (Site not responding. Last check: )
However, the Olmec had three hundred and sixty days in their year, as opposed to the modern-day calendar of three hundred and sixty-five days.
Over years, Olmec myths developed and eventually it was said that the shaman would somehow obtain supernatural powers from the jaguar.
This is in stark contrast to the Maya and Olmec priests.
www.hyperhistory.net /apwh/essays/comp/cw13olmecmaya.htm   (1259 words)

  
 Olmec - YTMND wiki, ruining the Internet one article at a time
He has been used in a few fads, most notably "Olmec Guides You Through the YTMND Temple", in which various fads are substituted for his actual words as he describes the temple for the players.
Olmec's voice was provided by Dee Bradley Baker, who also announced prizes on the show in his normal voice.
To make Olmec's mouth move, Baker pulled a wire and Olmec's eyes were sound activated (the louder Baker spoke, the brighter the lights went).
wiki.ytmnd.com /Olmec   (309 words)

  
 Olmec Ball Games and Colossal Heads   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Olmec Heads - This page has a link to The Colossal Heads for images of a number of the famous large heads and a section with text information about the Olmec.
Olmec - This is a short page written by a student as part of the ThinkQuest competition with links to pages on other Mesoamerican cultures.
Olmec Writing - This page offers a detailed presentation of the Olmec hieroglyphic writing system which is thought to have inspired that of the Maya and Aztec later on.
www.orecity.k12.or.us /ogden/myazinproj/01bbbolmec/bbb_olmec.htm   (1283 words)

  
 Ancient Origins - Olmec
The Mother culture of Mesoamerica, as the Olmec are sometimes referred to,originated during the middle of the Early Preclassic on the eastern coastal region of Mexico.
However, it should not be assumed that the Olmec had an empire or that all of the land in between the two-most extreme points was inhabited.
The priest, who in Olmec religion (and those coming afterwards) represented the god in his mortal form and was held to be the god.
weber.ucsd.edu /~anthclub/quetzalcoatl/olmecs.htm   (926 words)

  
 Olmec
The Olmec resided around the regions of La Venta in Tabasco, San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan and Laguna de los Cerros in Veracruz.
The Olmec cities were constructed around a central raised mound, which was used for religious ceremonies.
Olmecs are most notable for their colossal head art.
www.mnsu.edu /emuseum/prehistory/latinamerica/meso/cultures/olmec.html   (0 words)

  
 Olmec
The Olmec civilization was one of the first civilizations in the Americas.
The other buildings, probably used as houses for the Olmec people, were rectangular huts made from plants and adobe.
The Olmec people were most famous for their huge busts, mainly of rulers, which had thick lips and broad flat noses.
library.thinkquest.org /18778/olmec.htm   (0 words)

  
 Mesoamerican Olmec civilization
The Olmec civilization was the most prevalent group in Mesoamerica during the time period of 1200 BC to
To the Olmec, religion was part of the social organization, and the ruler’s were deities themselves.
In conclusion, the Maya and the Olmec followed a similar pattern that led to a complex culture.
www.littlewolf.us /Olmecmesoamerica.html   (3869 words)

  
 The Olmec
While it is unlikely that the founders or leaders of Olmec civilization came directly from Africa, their remote ancestors may well have originated there and migrated to Asia, where many original populations of countries like Cambodia and the Philippines have similar characteristics.
A characteristic motif of Olmec art is a human face with a jaguar mouth, sometimes called a "were-jaguar".
A particularly striking demonstration of the stages of this transformation was presented at the 1996 Olmec exhibition in Washington, D.C. A sculpture of a human in a kneeling ritual position was lined up with another humanoid figure in the same posture but with the ears, muzzle and mouth of a jaguar.
www.mesoweb.com /olmec   (0 words)

  
 Olmec Systems
In recognition of the 9/11 terror attacks, Olmec is officially marking the first day of expanded operations in NYC on September 11, 2002 and additional staff will be reporting to the NYC office as of that day.
Olmec’s NYC sales for third quarter 2002 is outpacing first and second quarter 2002 combined.
Olmec specializes in Microsoft based LAN and WAN installations with integration to market data, order management and core processing systems.
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 Unraveling the Origins of the Mysterious Olmec!
The Gulf Olmec adaptation was based on swidden maize agriculture, supplemented with riverine and terrestrial resources (Coe and Diehl 1980; Rust and Leyden 1994).
While contemplating one of the Olmec heads Carlos Pellicer Camara had rescued from La Venta, Hancock mused that "it would be impossible, I thought, for a sculptor to INVENT all the different combined characteristics of an authentic racial type.
The mystery of the Olmec is solved -- by studying the traditions and archaeological records of a people, as well as accepting the records of by-gone historians, we can arrive at the truth and lift the veil that continues to cloud the view of the "experts" of this world!
www.hope-of-israel.org /olmec.htm   (6212 words)

  
 History: The Olmec Civilization
The culture of the Olmec started in Mexico's Gulf Coast between 1200 and 1400 B.C, approximately between the Trojan war, and the golden age of Athens, and ended about 3000 years ago.
The Olmec had different social ranks, from workers such as fishers, farmers, traders and specialists such as artisans and sculptors, to rulers.
The Olmec had natural shrines devoted to the hill on which the shrine was located and the water.
www.cyberessays.com /History/100.htm   (0 words)

  
 New analysis of pottery stirs Olmec trade controversy
The finding undermines the view that the Olmec capitol of San Lorenzo near the Gulf of Mexico was the sole source of the iconographic pottery produced by the earliest Mesoamerican civilizations.
The distinctive iconography carved into Olmec pottery is presumed to have carried important cultural influences, influences that may have helped shape contemporary and subsequent civilizations such as the Maya.
In February 2005, chemical analyses of Olmec pottery were published that strongly suggested the pottery, with its attendant iconography and culture, had a single source: San Lorenzo, the earliest Olmec capitol built on a massive artificial mound near the Gulf of Mexico.
www.innovations-report.com /html/reports/studies/report-47338.html   (755 words)

  
 Olmec People, Olmec Art
In the case of the Olmec, the lowland people need to be kept distinct from the artistic style and iconography package that also goes by the name Olmec.
This suggests to Blomster and his co-authors that the Olmec packaged and exported their beliefs throughout the region in the form of specialized ceramic designs and forms, which quickly became hallmarks of elite status in various regions of ancient Mexico.
Although the new study points to importance of the Olmec in the development of Mesoamerican civilizations, it does not mean that the Olmec "created" them.
www.archaeology.org /online/features/olmec/index.html   (0 words)

  
 Ancient Scripts: Epi-Olmec
It is likely that the Olmecs spoke a Mixe-Zoquean language, because the environmental requirements of these plants match that of Gulf Coast Mexico.
And it is also likely the people who subsequently inhabited the same geographical area as the Olmecs were descendants of the Olmecs and spoke a Mixe-Zoquean tongue.
In fact, the correctness of the Justeson/Kaufman decipherment was thrown into doubt with the discovery of a new mask.
www.ancientscripts.com /epiolmec.html   (0 words)

  
 D.O. Conference on the Olmec
The proceedings of a Conference on the Olmec held at Dumbarton Oaks on October 28th and 29th, 1967—the first on the Olmec since the Mesa Redonda in Tuxtla Gutiérrez in 1942.
These sessions came at a time when there was a good deal of fresh material from recent excavations, both in the Olmec "heartland" and in sites in other areas where there is evidence of Olmec influence.
Kent V. Flannery: "The Olmec and the Valley of Oaxaca: A Model for Inter-Regional Interaction in Formative Times"
www.doaks.org /olmec.html   (0 words)

  
 Olmec Systems
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Olmec's experience in core processing to LAN integration, server mirroring, remote management and monitoring, disaster planning and recovery services, and remote backup services makes Olmec the clear choice for banks that demand the best.
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 Olmec - American Archaeology
Coe, in "Olmec Jaguar and Olmec Kings" (1968), suggested that the beliefs of the Maya were of Olmec origin and that the pre Maya were Olmecs (1968,p.103).
It would also explain Schele and Freidel's (1990,p.56) claim that the first king of Palenque was the Olmec leader U-Kix-chan; and that the ancient Maya adopted many Olmec social institutions and olmec symbolic imagery.
The African origin of the Olmec was based on the research of C.S. Rafinesque and Leo Wiener.
www.angelfire.com /ar/chaeology/OLMEC.html   (583 words)

  
 Olmec Artifacts   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Olmec culture was the earliest of the West Mexican cultures.
Centered along the Gulf Coast southeast of Mexico City, the Olmecs flourished between 1200 and 600 BC.
Highland Olmec ceramics were low-fired, and often have a rough finish deeply incised with geometric designs.
www.beloit.edu /~museum/logan/catalog/camerica/veracruz/olmec   (56 words)

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