March 09, 2005
Debate continues to raise in the fraught world of central American root culture research. The Olmec: mother culture or not? Having been indoctrinated into the Olmec interaction sphere model I would say "mother culture".
Later, however, other scholars described this view as overly simplistic. They said the surrounding cultures were as sophisticated as the Olmec, and as "sister cultures" had developed similar pottery styles and iconography from what Grove described as a regional "root style of unknown origin."
Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 9, 2005 08:05 AM
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