- 1200-400 B.C.
- Developed agricultural technology (slash/burn)
- No written language
- Large sculptures were built
- Lived in rain forests of western part of Gulf of Mexico
- Played ball games
- Capital cities
- Grew maize
- Much of their culture and history is still a mystery
- 200-900 A.D.
- Written language
- Performed sacrifices to the gods
- Built pyramids
- Advanced markets and variety of products
- Studied stars = calendar
- Building projects such as palaces