Formative stage

WHS with remains of the Preclassic (or Formative) Stage - the American equivalent to late Neolithic.

The dates, and the characteristics of the period called "Formative" vary considerably between different parts of the Americas:
- North America 1000 BC - 500 AD
- Mesoamerica 2000 BC - 250 AD
- South America 1800 BC - 200 BC

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Caves of Yagul and Mitla Yagul: Occupation at Yagul dates as far back as the Middle to Late Preclassic. (Preclassic Era or Formative Period) (wiki)
Chankillo Archaeoastronomical Complex The dates obtained through dendrochronology and 14C analysis has defined Chankillo´s occupation between 250 and 200 B.C. (AB ev)
Chavin Chavín de Huántar was constructed over many stages starting prior to 1200 BCE, with most major construction over by 750 BCE. (wiki)
Oaxaca and Monte Alban Monte Alban: "Founded toward the end of the Middle Formative period at around 500 BC, by the Terminal Formative (c. 100 BC – AD 200) Monte Albán had become the capital of a large-scale expansionist polity that dominated much of the Oaxacan highlands and interacted with other Mesoamerican regional states" (wiki)
Teotihuacan Late Formative Period (300 BCE–100 CE): the abrupt appearance, toward the end of the Late Formative, of fully urban culture at Teotihuacán in the Valley of Mexico
Tikal National Park Major construction at Tikal was already taking place in the Late Preclassic period, first appearing around 400–300 BC, including the building of major pyramids and platforms, although the city was still dwarfed by sites further north such as El Mirador and Nakbe (wiki)


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