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There appeared subsequently other large capital towns and cities in neighbouring regions that also displayed a similar Olmec art style.This Olmec horizon (i.e., a cultural diffusion that is contemporaneous at widely scattered sites) represents the first climax, or era of “unification,” in the , in the Valley of Mexico, was an urban centre of some 150,000 people, and the influence of its civilization eventually radiated over much of Mesoamerica.6 cm Estimate: € 20.000 Result: € 113.000 AN IMPORTANT, LARGE ARCHAIC TRIPOD BRONZE FOOD VESSEL "JIA"CHINA, Shang dynasty (16th C. 1050 BC), later Anyang period (13th - 11th BC), 12th - 11th century H.33,4 cm Estimate: € 150.000 Result: € 265.000 A RARE IMPERIAL OPAQUE MOTTLED ORANGE GLASS FACETTED BOTTLE VASE China, Qianlong incised four-character mark within a double square and of the period (1736-95) H.The horizon and its influences, as registered in ceramics and textiles, died away rather gradually in the ensuing centuries, and it was replaced by the several regional styles and kingdoms of what has become known as the Late Intermediate Period (1000–1438). The synchroneity of horizon unifications and alternating regionalizations in Mesoamerica and the Andean region is striking and prompts the question of communication between these two areas of pre-Columbian high civilization.

After their decline (in the Late Postclassic Period), another interregnum of warring states lasted until 1428, when the , which had long histories of domestication in the area, although corn appeared soon after the beginnings of settled village life.The high valleys and landlocked basins of Mexico were important centres of pre-Spanish civilization.In the southeastern part of Mesoamerica lie the partly volcanic Chiapas–Guatemala highlands. Particularly important was the littoral plain extending south along the Gulf of Mexico, expanding to include the Petén-Agriculture in Mesoamerica was advanced and complex.After a few years of planting, the field was abandoned to the forest, as competition from weeds and declining soil fertility resulted in diminishing yields.There is good evidence, however, that the slash-and-burn system of cultivation was often supplemented by “raised-field” cultivation in the lowlands; these artificially constructed earthen hillocks built in shallow lakes or marshy areas were not unlike the chinampas of the Mexican highlands.

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