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Among other "firsts", the Olmec appeared to practice ritual bloodletting and played the Mesoamerican ballgame, hallmarks of nearly all subsequent Mesoamerican societies.
The aspect of the Olmecs most familiar now is their artwork, particularly the aptly named "colossal heads".
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Olmec-style artifacts tend to appear earlier in some parts of Guerrero than in the Veracruz-Tabasco area.
In particular, the relevant objects from the Amuco-Abelino site in Guerrero reveal dates as early as 1530 BCE. Contributions of the University of California Archaeological Research Facility.
La Venta sustained the Olmec cultural traditions with spectacular displays of power and wealth. Berkeley: University of California Department of Anthropology.
The Great Pyramid was the largest Mesoamerican structure of its time. 1 (Sources of Stones Used in Prehistoric Mesoamerican Sites): 1–44.
This environment may be compared to that of other ancient centers of civilization: the Nile, Indus, and Yellow River valleys, and Mesopotamia.
This highly productive environment encouraged a densely concentrated population, which in turn triggered the rise of an elite class.
The population of the Olmecs flourished during Mesoamerica's formative period, dating roughly from as early as 1500 BCE to about 400 BCE.
Pre-Olmec cultures had flourished in the area since about 2500 BCE, but by 1600–1500 BCE, early Olmec culture had emerged, centered on the San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán site near the coast in southeast Veracruz.
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The Olmecs were the earliest known major civilization in Mexico following a progressive development in Soconusco.