Ancient North America Summary

  • Last updated on November 11, 2022

A map showing the major cultures of ancient North America, from the Arctic to Mexico

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Paleo-Indian Culture Flourishes in North America

Clovis Culture Rises in New Mexico

Cochise Culture Thrives in American Southwest

Folsom People Flourish in New Mexico

Plano Culture Flourishes in Great Plains Area

Archaic Indians Adapt to Warmer Climates

Native Cultures Flourish on the North Pacific Coast

Kennewick Man Lives in North America

Red Paint Culture Flourishes in Eastern North America

Old Copper Complex Flourishes in North America

Mogollon Culture Rises in American Southwest

Early Villages Form in Oaxaca

Poverty Point Culture Builds Earthworks

Mixtec Civilization Develops in Western Oaxaca

Olmec Civilization Rises in Southern Mexico

Adena Mound Builders Live in North America

Woodland Culture Flourishes in Northern America

Dorset Culture Extends into Labrador, Newfoundland, and Greenland

Mound Builders Rise in Ohio Valley

Izapan Civilization Dominates Mesoamerica

Zapotec State Dominates Oaxaca

Development Begins at Teotihuacán

Founding of the Classic Period Maya Royal Dynasty at Tikal

Construction of the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon at Teotihuacán

Maya Civilization Flourishes

Aleutian Coastal Hunters Flourish

Hohokam Culture Arises in American Southwest

Hopewell People Construct Earthworks

Anasazi Civilization Flourishes in American Southwest

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