Map of the Intermediate Area
Because it was not home to ancient state societies
but was predominated by early chiefdoms
at the time of the Spanish conquest
, it was sometimes regarded as a kind of cultural backwater that contributed little to the emergence of Pre-Columbian
civilization in the New World
. However, recent archaeological research has demonstrated that this part of the Americas had some of the earliest agriculture, pottery, and metallurgy in the hemisphere.
Given new findings, it is likely to have played a critical role in the transmission of culture both to and between neighboring regions to the north and south. Recently, concepts such as that of the Isthmo-Colombian Area
have been offered as an alternative to the Intermediate Area with the intention of creating a neutral term.
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