Bones Widen Reach of Ancient Olmec Culture

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Human bones believed to date from the ancient Olmec civilization have been found in southeastern Honduras, suggesting that the influential culture extended farther than previously thought, Honduran authorities said.

Carmen Fajardo at the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History said the bones appeared to be the first Olmec remains found outside the so-called Mesoamerican corridor, which stretches from Mexico to central Honduras. Four skulls and 10 plates dating back to 1500 BC were found about 90 miles east of Tegucigalpa.

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