The Ancient Maya

The Ancient Maya

By (author) Robert J. Sharer , By (author) Loa P. Traxler

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This book traces the evolution of Maya civilization through the Pre-Columbian era, a span of some 2,500 years from the origins of complex society within Mesoamerica to the end of the Pre-Columbian world with the Spanish Conquest in the 16th century. The sixth edition presents new archaeological evidence and historical studies and offers the most extensive revisions of this classic work to date. The result is the most thorough and incisive study of the origins and development of ancient Maya civilization ever published.

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  • Hardback | 984 pages
  • 175.26 x 241.3 x 68.58mm | 1,678.28g
  • 07 Oct 2005
  • Stanford University Press
  • Palo Alto
  • English
  • Revised
  • 6th Revised edition
  • 26 tables, 112 figures, 238 illustrations (16pp. in colour), 55 maps
  • 0804748160
  • 9780804748162

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Robert J. Sharer is the Shoemaker Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, and Curator of the American Section at the university's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He is the author of Quirigua: A Classic Maya Center and Its Sculpture (1990) and Daily Life in Maya Civilization (1996), as well as two previous editions of The Ancient Maya. Loa P. Traxler is a Research Scientist in the American Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

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"The Ancient Maya is the definitive statement for our current understanding of their time and place. It goes well beyond any other competing volume in its encompassing reach." - Journal of Anthropological Research "(T)he most comprehensive and most lavishly illustrated book on its subject." - Journal of Latin American Studies "The Ancient Maya has become a standard text on the study of Mayan culture and prehistory. Given the veritable explosion of research on the Maya, greater understanding of this past - yet living - culture has been realized." - Colonial Latin American Historical Review "(T)his work is surely a must-have reference for Mayanists of all fields... The Ancient Maya is appropriate to scholars, graduate students, and upper-level undergraduates." - The Americas "This marvelous book shows why the Maya constitute one of the best "case studies" of social and political evolution. Rich with detail and new insights, the authors skillfully show that the Maya were on a par with other great civilizations such as the Greeks, Egyptians, and Chinese. This truly monumental work has been updated to meet the needs of all readers -- from laymen to tourists to professional archaeologists -- and it should be on everyone's bookshelf to read and re-read." - Joyce Marcus, University of Michigan, Museum of Anthropology

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"The Ancient Maya is the definitive statement for our current understanding of their time and place. It goes well beyond any other competing volume in its encompassing reach." Journal of Anthropological Research (T)he most comprehensive and most lavishly illustrated book on its subject. Journal of Latin American Studies"

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This book traces the evolution of Maya civilization through the Pre-Columbian era, a span of some 2,500 years from the origins of complex society within Mesoamerica to the end of the Pre-Columbian world with the Spanish Conquest in the 16th century. The sixth edition presents new archaeological evidence and historical studies and offers the most extensive revisions of this classic work to date. The result is the most thorough and incisive study of the origins and development of ancient Maya civilization ever published.

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