The Ancient Maya

The Ancient Maya


By (author) S.Griswold Morley, Revised by Robert J. Sharer

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  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 696 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 236mm x 43mm | 1,465g
  • Publication date: 30 November 1994
  • Publication City/Country: Palo Alto
  • ISBN 10: 0804723109
  • ISBN 13: 9780804723107
  • Edition: 5, Revised
  • Edition statement: 5th Revised edition

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The rich findings of recent exploration and research are incorporated in this completely revised and greatly expanded edition of the standard work on the New World's most brilliant native civilization - that of the Maya people of northern Central America and southern Mexico. New field discoveries, new technical advances, new successes in the decipherment of Maya writing, and new theoretical perspectives on the Maya past have made necessary this present edition. It contains some 500 photographs, line drawings, maps, and site maps - about one fourth of which are new.

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'One of the great classic books in its field ... the most comprehensive and most lavishly illustrated book on its subject.'Journal of Latin American Studies

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. The setting; 2. The origins of Maya civilization; 3. The preclassic Maya; 4. The early classic and the rise of Tikal; 5. The late classic and the expansion of the lowland states; 6. The terminal classic; 7. The postclassic; 8. Subsistence systems; 9. Trade and external contact; 10. The organization of Maya society; 11. Ideology and cosmology; 12. Arithmetic, calendrics, and astronomy; 13. Language and writing; 14. Architecture, sculpture, and painting; 15. Artifacts; Epilogue: the Spanish conquest; Appendix: conversion between Maya and Gregorian chronologies; Reference material.