?Christopher A. Pool is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky.
1. Introduction; 2. 'Great Stone Faces of the Mexican Jungle'; 3. Olman, the land of the Olmecs; 4. Olmec beginnings; 5. Olmec transformations: the Middle Formative period; 6. The Olmecs and Mesoamerica; 7. Collapse, continuity, and evolution: Late Formative Olman; 8. The Olmecs and their legacy.