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Lifelong Learning 16/17 - Olmecs of Ancient Mexico


Course Information

Learning for pleasure course

A non-accredited history and heritage course.

Course Code

CLL 16/17o

Course Date

13th May 2017

Places Available

Course Fee

Course Description

The Olmecs ('rubber people') of the swampy Gulf lowlands were Mesoamerica’s first civilisation. San Lorenzo (1200-900 BC) and La Venta (900-400 BC) were ceremonial centres with vast complexes of pyramid/mound, courtyards and compounds housing the ruler and his family, where the first Mesoamerican ball court, life-sized basalt sculptures, fantastic burial chambers and serpentine pavements were unearthed. Why were these sites destroyed by Olmecs themselves? Was slash-and-burn agriculture inadequate to support an increasingly complex society? Did the peasants rebel? We will consider the fascinating archaeological evidence.

Heather Brothwell MA MA LLB

Term: Summer

Day: Saturday

Start Date: 13 May 2017 (please note this date is different to the original one advertised in the brochure)

Time: 9.30am-4.30pm

No. of weeks: 1

Full fee: £35.00

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