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By Vincent H. Malmström
The easy query "How did the Maya get a hold of a calendar that had simply 260 days?" led Vincent Malmström to find an unforeseen "hearth" of Mesoamerican tradition. during this boldly revisionist booklet, he units forth his demanding, new view of the starting place and diffusion of Mesoamerican calendrical systems—the highbrow success that gave upward push to Mesoamerican civilization and culture.
Malmström posits that the 260-day calendar marked the period among passages of the solar at its zenith over Izapa, an historic ceremonial middle within the Soconusco zone of Mexico's Pacific coastal simple. He is going directly to exhibit how the calendar constructed by means of the Zoque humans of the quarter within the fourteenth century B.C. steadily subtle via Mesoamerica into the so-called "Olmec metropolitan zone" of the Gulf coast and past to the Maya within the east and to the plateau of Mexico within the west.
These findings problem our past realizing of the foundation and diffusion of Mesoamerican civilization. bound to galvanize energetic debate in lots of quarters, this ebook can be vital examining for all scholars of historic Mesoamerica—anthropologists, archaeologists, archaeoastronomers, geographers, and the turning out to be public desirous about all issues Maya.
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Had the “Fat Boys” been the only magnetic sculptures discovered in Soconusco, these speculations may have borne some semblance to the true nature of the thought processes which went through the minds of the ancient stone carvers. But, as luck would have it, the ﬁrst magnetic sculpture found in the region (by the author at Izapa in southernmost Mexico in 1975) was not a depiction of a human head or body at all, but most likely the representation of the head of a turtle. ”) Located some 30 m (100 ft) to the southeast of the ramped pyramid of Group F (on the northwest side of Highway 200), the turtle-head has a strong north polarity in its snout and an equally strong south polarity in the extreme back of its head.
C. have recently been challenged by Clark and Gosser (1994, 1). c. One of these was in the central highlands of Mexico where Purrón pottery appeared, and the third center was in northern Veracruz where the so-called Chajil pottery has been unearthed. Although it is unclear whether these Mesoamerican complexes developed spontaneously and independently or whether they were inﬂuenced by ceramic complexes that are known to have existed in northern South America from one to four millennia earlier, it seems quite apparent that they owed little or no inspiration to each other.
C. One of these was in the central highlands of Mexico where Purrón pottery appeared, and the third center was in northern Veracruz where the so-called Chajil pottery has been unearthed. Although it is unclear whether these Mesoamerican complexes developed spontaneously and independently or whether they were inﬂuenced by ceramic complexes that are known to have existed in northern South America from one to four millennia earlier, it seems quite apparent that they owed little or no inspiration to each other.
Cycles of the Sun, Mysteries of the Moon: The Calendar in Mesoamerican Civilization by Vincent H. Malmström