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The Ancient Maya

Author : Robert J. Sharer
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The rich findings of recent exploration and research are incorporated in this completely revised and greatly expanded sixth edition of this standard work on the Maya people. New field discoveries, new technical advances, new successes in the decipherment of Maya writing, and new theoretical perspectives on the Maya past have made this new edition necessary.

The World of the Ancient Maya

Author : John S. Henderson
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"General overview of the ancient Maya begins with summary discussions of the history of Maya studies, the environment and geography of the Maya world, and the European invasion. Text is devoted primarily to a synthesis of the history of Maya cultural traditions based primarily on archaeological data and complemented by epigraphic and ethnohistorical information"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

The Ancient Maya

Author : Heather Irene McKillop
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Thanks to powerful innovations in archaeology and other types of historical research, we now have a picture of everyday life in the Mayan empire that turns the long-accepted conventional wisdom on its head. * Includes numerous illustrations and drawings plus depictions of important artifacts such as the murals of Bonampak and the hieroglyphic stairway of Copan * Provides detailed maps of major Maya cities as well as other research sites

The Ancient Maya

Author : Jackie Maloy
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Describes the history, geography, and culture of the ancient Maya, including information on their beliefs and achievements.

The Ancient Maya

Author : Sylvanus Griswold Morley
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"Comprehensive synthesis of ancient Maya scholarship. Extensive summary of the archaeology of the Maya world provides the historical context for a detailed topical synthesis of chronological and geographic variability within the Maya cultural tradition"--

The Ancient Maya

Author : Jennifer Fretland VanVoorst
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Describes the Ancient Mayan civilization, including their religious views, intellectual achievements, and everyday life.

The Fall of the Ancient Maya

Author : David L. Webster
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An account of the mysterious fall of the ancient Maya civilization evaluates current theories and myths, citing sixteenth-century evidence of a residual population and offering a portrait of its Late Classic society beset by overly ambitious nobles, wars, and an exploding population that could not be sustained by its scanty agriculture.

Animals and Plants of the Ancient Maya

Author : Victoria Schlesinger
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A growing interest in all things Maya brings an increasing number of visitors to prehistoric Maya ruins and contemporary Maya communities in Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, western Honduras, the Yucatán Peninsula, and the southern areas of Chiapas and Tabasco, Mexico. For these visitors and indeed everyone with an interest in the Maya, this field guide highlights nearly 100 species of plants and animals that were significant to the ancient Maya and that continue to inhabit the Maya region today. Drawing from the disciplines of biology, ecology, and anthropology, Victoria Schlesinger describes each plant or animal's habitat and natural history, identifying characteristics (also shown in a black-and-white drawing), and cultural significance to the ancient and contemporary Maya. An introductory section explains how to use the book and offers a concise overview of the history, lifeways, and cosmology of the ancient Maya. The concluding section describes the collapse of ancient Maya society and briefly traces the history of the Maya region from colonial times to the present.

New Theories on the Ancient Maya

Author : Elin C. Danien
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Papers from the 1987 Maya Weekend conference at the University of Pennsylvania Museum present current views of Maya culture and language. Also included is an article by George Stuart summarizing the history of the study of Maya hieroglyphs and the fascinating scholars and laypersons who have helped bring about their decipherment. Symposium Series III University Museum Monograph, 77

Handbook to Life in the Ancient Maya World

Author : Lynn V. Foster
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This comprehensive and accessible reference explores the greatest and most mysterious of civilizations, hailed for its contributions to science, mathematics, and technology. Each chapter is supplemented by an extensive bibliography as well as photos, original line drawings, and maps.

The Ancient Maya

Author : Madeline Tyler
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How were the daily lives of the ancient Maya different from our daily lives today? What problems did they face as an early civilization in the Americas? Questions such as these are answered as readers examine the ancient Maya through a close study of their history, lifestyle, and traditions. Through well-researched main text, readers are able to compare and contrast this ancient culture with modern civilizations. In addition, accessible maps, informational fact boxes, interesting sidebars, a helpful timeline, and vibrant full-color photographs are included to further explain this essential social studies curriculum topic.

The Mystery of the Ancient Maya

Author : Carolyn Meyer
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Explores the advanced civilization and unsolved mysteries of the Maya who reigned for over 2000 years and then disappeared.

Encyclopedia of the Ancient Maya

Author : Walter R. T. Witschey
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Encyclopedia of the Ancient Maya provides an A-to-Z overview of the ancient Maya culture from its inception to the Spanish Conquest. Exploring Maya society, celebrations, and achievements, as well as new insights into Maya culture and collapse, this is a sophisticated yet accessible introduction suitable for students and general readers.

The Ancient Maya

Author : Lila Perl
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Describes the civilization of ancient Maya, including the roles and responsibilities of the people within different social classes, such as the farmers, rulers, scribes, warriors, and traders.

Philosophy of the Ancient Maya

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This book investigates some of the central topics of metaphysics in the philosophical thought of the Maya people of Mesoamerica, particularly from the Preclassic through Postclassic periods. This book covers the topics of time, change, identity, and truth, through comparative investigation integrating Maya texts and practices—such as Classic Period stelae, Postclassic Codices, and Colonial-era texts such as the Popol Vuh and the books of Chilam Balam—and early Chinese philosophy.

The Hidden Life of the Ancient Maya

Author : Clare Gibson
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'The Hidden Life of the Ancient Maya' delves deep into the Mayan world, going beyond the current apocalyptic panic to uncover the true story ofthe first empire in the Americas.

Ancient Maya

Author : Barbara A. Somervill
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Presents a history of the Maya, discussing the civilization's class structure, geographical extent, deities, and the domestic concerns of its people, and explores its impacts on modern society.

Royal Courts Of The Ancient Maya

Author : Takeshi Inomata
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The two volumes of Royal Courts of the Ancient Maya provide current archaeological perspectives on Maya courts conceived as vital, functioning social groups composed of lords, courtiers, scribes, priests, and entertainers, among many others. In addition to archaeological data on the architecture and other spatial attributes of courts, the studies in the two volumes bring to bear on the topic the most recent evidence from inscriptions, vase paintings, murals and friezes, and ethnohistoric records in order to flesh out a portrait of the actors and roles that made up Maya courts through time and across space. The attributes of courts are explored in the Maya highlands and lowlands, from the origins of early kingship through the Classic period to the Postclassic and Terminal epochs. Pertinent comparisons are also drawn from the Aztecs and other ancient and contemporary societies. Volume 1: Theory, Comparison, and Synthesis establishes a carefully considered framework for approaching the study of courts and their functions throughout the world of the ancient Maya. Volume 2: Data and Case Studies provides authoritatively current data and insights from key Maya sites, including Copán, Tikal, Caracol, Bonampak, and Calakmul.

Art and Myth of the Ancient Maya

Author : Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos
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This nuanced account explores Maya mythology through the lens of art, text, and culture. It offers an important reexamination of the mid-16th-century Popol Vuh, long considered an authoritative text, which is better understood as one among many crucial sources for the interpretation of ancient Maya art and myth. Using materials gathered across Mesoamerica, Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos bridges the gap between written texts and artistic representations, identifying key mythical subjects and uncovering their variations in narratives and visual depictions. Central characters—including a secluded young goddess, a malevolent grandmother, a dead father, and the young gods who became the sun and the moon—are identified in pottery, sculpture, mural painting, and hieroglyphic inscriptions. Highlighting such previously overlooked topics as sexuality and generational struggles, this beautifully illustrated book paves the way for a new understanding of Maya myths and their lavish expression in ancient art.

Ancient Maya

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Examines how the Mayas lived their daily lives, including a look at their food, arts, crafts, and fashion.