Asking more and better questions: Olmec archaeology for the next katun

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The two decades since the publication of Regional Perspectives on the Olmec have seen a great expansion of basic archaeological research in the Olmec heartland region of Mexico's southern Gulf lowlands as well as important new work on Formative period interregional interaction and its effects on local economies and polities. Olmec research, however, has not achieved as prominent a place as it merits in comparative research on the evolution of social complexity. In this essay I review this work and make some suggestions for future research directions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-252
Number of pages12
JournalAncient Mesoamerica
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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