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date: 14 November 2019

Las Bocaslocked

  • Muriel Porter-Weaver


Site of Mesoamerican Olmec culture in southern Puebla, Mexico. It flourished from the latter half (c. 1200 bc) of the Early Pre-Classic period (c. 2000–c. 1000 bc) to c. 800 bc in the early part of the Middle Pre-Classic period (c. 1000–c. 300 bc), yielding important grave goods. Las Bocas was strategically situated on the route of early travellers between the Gulf Coast region and the Mesoamerican Central Highlands. Archaeological remains comprise grave offerings. The importance of the site is twofold: it is a highland site relating to Tlatilco and Tlapacoya in the Basin of Mexico, to Chalcatzingo and Gualupita in the state of Morelos, and to the site of San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán in the Olmec heartland on the southern Gulf Coast. Artefacts of the highland sites share some features of the Olmec style of the Gulf Coast region; examples from Las Bocas are particularly fine. Las Bocas has been repeatedly pillaged by grave robbers, and consequently most of the material from the site, whether in private collections or museums, has no recorded archaeological context. Excavations in the only remaining undisturbed area, directed by ...

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