Maize in Mesoamerica

The Continuity of Maize


The archaeological record illustrates the longstanding importance of maize through the recovery of maize processing tools called manos and metates. These implements continue to be used in modern times.

Fragment of Funerary Urn in the Shape of Maize, Mitla, Oaxaca, Mexico

Several distinct cultures in Mesoamerica throughout history have also revered their versions of the Maize God. The iconographic record of the region contains many examples of the Maize God and other corn-themed art. Maize continues to be important in cultural and economic practices. Through these photographs, one can visualize the role maize has played through time.