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Carl J. Wendt

Investigations at an Olmec Community
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Figure 5: View of the excavations from western bank of the Río Chiquito.

Research Year:  2000
Culture:  Olmec
Chronology:  Early Pre-Classic
Location:  San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán, México
Site:  El Bajío

Table of Contents

Tentative Results and Preliminary Observations
Paleoethnobotanical Analysis
Pollen Analysis
Phytolith Analysis
Significance of Research
List of Figures
Sources Cited


Excavations were undertaken between February and June 2000 at the Early Preclassic site of El Bajío located in the hinterlands of San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán (Figure 1) in order to better understand community and household organization at a small Olmec period site. The fundamental goal of the investigation was to collect household and community level data from which we can suggest the nature of domestic organization, site composition, the degree of community nucleation/dispersion, and subsistence systems of a small Olmec community. The site of El Bajío (Figure 2) was the ideal location for the investigations since it is a small Early Preclassic period community situated within the archaeologically rich El Remolino settlement cluster (Figure 3) (see Coe and Diehl, 1980a:19, 36-37, 47-51, 159, 373; Fig. 8; Stirling, 1947:170-171; 1955:7) and since it had a cut profile that exposed a 55 meter long and 1½ meter thick, dark stain representing the Early Preclassic occupation surface.

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