Chapter 12

Coming Soon: Mesoamerica, prehistoric–200 C.E.

By 1500 B.C.E., ancient Mesoamerican artists created works that demonstrate the importance of jade, innovative approaches to the human body, and the central role of transformation and ritual in the creation of the world.

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Cite this article as: Dr. Caitlin Earley, "Coming Soon: Mesoamerica, prehistoric–200 C.E.," in Reframing Art History, Smarthistory, January 18, 2022,