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UCLA; Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA 90024-4201)
Richard G. Lesure (Project Director: December 2011 to June 2017)
John Edward Clark (Co Project Director: December 2011 to June 2017)
Michael Blake (Co Project Director: October 2012 to June 2017)

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$185,000 (approved)
$180,613 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2012 – 3/31/2017

Origins of Ancient Mesoamerican Civilizations: Early Formative Archaeology of the Soconusco Region of Mexico

The preparation for publication of two volumes (print and online) on pre-Olmec and Olmec archaeology (1900-900 BCE) in the Soconusco region of Mexico. (30 months)

In studies of the origins of ancient Mesoamerican civilization, the Formative period is the crucial era of interest, since it begins with the earliest settled villages and ends with fully developed urban societies. The work proposed here will lead to the publication of two data-rich monographs on the still-poorly-known Early Formative period (1900-900 BCE). The monographs will report on investigations concerning the pre-Olmec and Olmec archaeology in the Soconusco region of Mexico. Each monograph will be associated with a digital component, to be produced in conjunction with the paper publication. The web components will include comprehensive data at a level of detail beyond what can be included in the paper version, and the components will go online with open access at the time of publication of the relevant volume. Further, we are proposing to post the volumes themselves online, with open access, starting five years after initial publication.