La Mojarra

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La Mojarra and other Classic era sites.

La Mojarra is an archaeological site in the Mexican state of Veracruz, located not far from the Gulf Coast at a bend in the Acula River. It was continually occupied from the late Formative period (ca. 300 BCE) until perhaps as late as 1000 CE.

Not a large site, La Mojarra has been little excavated. It covers roughly 1 km² and consists of small mounds and a modest plaza. Three kilns have been unearthed, which fired locally used orange pottery.

Nonetheless, La Mojarra and environs have yielded two important Epi-Olmec culture artifacts: La Mojarra Stela 1 and the Tuxtla Statuette. Both of these artifacts contain what has been classified as Epi-Olmec script as well as very early Long Count calendar dates.


  • Diehl, Richard A. (2000) “Mojarra, La (Veraruz, Mexico),” in Archaeology of Ancient Mexico & Central America: an Encyclopedia; Routledge, London.
  • Diehl, Richard A. (2004) The Olmecs: America’s First Civilization, Thames & Hudson, London.

Coordinates: 18°36′55″N 95°44′30″W / 18.6153°N 95.7417°W / 18.6153; -95.7417