This study focuses on the contact between two cultures in Western Honduras, the Maya and the Olmec. Both are some of the best-studied of Mesoamerica because of their many advancements in art, architecture, and mathematics. The Maya territory expanded from Southern Mexico to Western Honduras. The Olmec heartland, on the other hand, was located on Gulf Coast of Mexico. Both cultures' spheres of influence reached beyond their areas of occupation. Cultural contact between these groups during Pre-Columbian times gave rise to a new culture manifested in the city of Lost Naranjos on the northern shore of Yojoa Lake in the department of Cortes. This city seems to be clearly influenced by both the Maya and Olmec cultures in many aspects, such as its location, architecture, burial types, and art. This study examines the archaeological evidence from this site to explore the nature of cultural contact in this segment of Central America.
Kardulias, P. Nicholas
Capellin Ortega, Anarrubenia P., "Mom, What Are We? Culture Contact Between Maya and Olmec in Pre-Columbian Honduras" (2012). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 16.
maya, olmec, cultural contact, western honduras, honduras, los naranjos, yarumela, copan, lake yojoa, mesoamerican pre-classic period, mesoamerican classic period
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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