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The rise of the Olmecs

What made the American Civilizations more unique? Geographic isolation
What were the Agricultural villages based on? Corn, Beans, Squash
When did these villages grow into a variety of urban centers? Around 1200 BCE
What was a result of Agricultural surplus? Political authority and social stratification.
What jobs did the Olmecs need large numbers of people for? Construction of irrigation systems, the construction of ceremonial buildings, and to drain land for farming.
What was sophisticated urban planning based on? Movement of the stars, the creation of monumental artwork including several giant Olmec head statues, and the construction of monumental architecture.
What was each Olmec city independently ruled by? A hereditary monarch
What dominated Olmec economy? Agriculture
What was also present in Olmec economy? Trade networks and craft production.
Created by: savannahreynolds