Shared government: reason for the long survival of Tres Zapotes as an Olmec urban center

Shared government: reason for the long survival of Tres Zapotes as an Olmec urban center

Professor of Anthropology and Mesoamerican culture expert Christopher Poole of the University of Kentucky has discovered evidence of shared governments in ancient Olmec culture in Mexico.

A deep researcher on the evolution of complex Mesoamerican societies, economics and cultural ecology, mainly in the Tres Zapotes site, where he has been investigating for several years, he found many evidences that rewrite the history of this region.

«We find that Tres Zapotes had an unusually long life span, being a prosperous community of almost 2,000 years, while in other Olmec cities they did not last more than 500 years.«.

The reason for this duration is believed to be due to shared government, something that differentiates it from the other Olmec urban centers in Mexico. «We believe that Tres Zapotes was able to survive several centuries after other Olmec cities by sharing power, not between individuals of the city, but between different factions, which allowed them to adapt to new times to survive through cooperation.«.

Via: University of Kentucky


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