where did the olmec live?
In the case of the Olmec archaeologists think artifacts found primarily on the northern half of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Mesoamerica from 1200–500 C.E. timeframe represent the Olmec society. The name Olmec was actually invented by scholars. Derived from the Nahuatl (Aztec) word “Olmecatl” which means “inhabitant of the rubber country” Olmec is a reference to the rubber production in the area where many of the artifacts have been found.