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From the Publisher"Were the Olmec the 'mother culture' of Mesoamerica? Dr Rosenswig applies up-to-date archaeological data from Chiapas and Veracruz, Mexico, to test and evaluate the three most heavily debated theories concerning the role played by the Olmec in the rise of Mesoamerican civilization. The result is an even-handed and clearly presented discussion of the development and spread of social complexity in Early Formative period Mesoamerica. All readers will find this book's insights and discussions valuable and thought-provoking."
David C. Grove, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
"This eloquently written and beautifully organized study of the rise of complex life in southeastern Mesoamerica demonstrates that major anthropological questions - and their possible answers - can arise from the excavation of even small sites. Rosenswig has given us a tour-de-force of anthropological archaeology, and a milestone in Mesoamerican research."
Michael D. Coe, Yale University
"Rosenswig documents his refreshing approach with important studies of ceramics, figurines, obsidian, and iconography … His compelling, innovative assessment is distinct from other significant works."