Daily Life in Maya Civilization

Daily Life in Maya Civilization

Hardback Daily Life Through History

By (author) Robert J. Sharer

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  • Publisher: Greenwood Press
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 161mm x 240mm x 27mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 30 September 1996
  • Publication City/Country: Westport
  • ISBN 10: 0313293422
  • ISBN 13: 9780313293429
  • Illustrations note: 60 illustrations and photographs, bibliography

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This examination of daily life in ancient Maya civilization presents recent discoveries and interpretations, and corrects popular misconceptions. Based on the results of recent research from a variety of disciplines, this text traces Maya civilization from its earliest beginnings to the Spanish conquest in the 16th century and shows how the Maya successfully adapted to their environment and preserved their traditional culture and languages from oppression over thousands of years. Archaeologist Sharer, one of the foremost experts on the Maya, offers insights into Maya civilization based on 30 years of living and working in central America. Over 60 illustrations and photographs of Maya life, artefacts and archaeological sites bring the social, political, economic, religious and cultural aspects of Maya civilization to life.

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?This thorough study of Mayan culture begins with a history of the development of this civilization over several thousand years. The author explains the effects of climate and terrain on population shifts and how archaeologists study sites and reconstruct societies from their findings. Following chapters discuss the rise and fall of royal dynasties, economic growth, social roles and strata, daily life, political organization, and religion. An in-depth examination of Mayan writing and numerical systems and the development of a complex calendrical record demonstrates the sophistication of this culture....Libraries needing comprehensive material about the Mayans will welcome Sharer's new title.?-School Library Journal

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This examination of daily life in ancient Maya civilization presents the very latest discoveries and interpretations and corrects popular misconceptions. Based on the results of recent research from a variety of disciplines, it traces Maya civilization from its earliest beginnings to the Spanish conquest in the 16th century and shows how the Maya successfully adapted to their environment and preserved their traditional culture and languages from oppression over thousands of years. Archaeologist Sharer, one of the foremost experts on the Maya, offers unique insights into Maya civilization based on 30 years of living and working in Central America. Over 60 illustrations and photographs of Maya life, artifacts, and archaeological sites bring the social, political, economic, religious, and cultural aspects of Maya civilization to life. For ease of use by students, the work is organized into chapters covering all aspects of Maya life and civilization: the foundations of Maya life and civilization; early, middle, and late Maya civilization; economy (food production and trade); social and political systems; writing and calendars; life cycle events; arts and crafts; and religion. The work closes with discussion of the meaning of Maya civilization for us today - how the achievements and failures of the Maya past can be of benefit to the modern world. The work includes a historical timeline of Maya civilization and a bibliography for further reading. This work will replace all earlier resources on the Maya and will provide school and public librarians and students with the most up-to-date and historically accurate information on the Maya.

Table of contents

The Chronology of Maya Civilization; The Maya of Today and Yesterday; Understanding Maya Civilization; The Foundations of Maya Civilization; Early Maya Civilization; Middle Maya Civilization; Late Maya Civilization; Maya Economy; Maya Society; Maya Government; Maya Religion; Recording History - Writing and Calendars; Arts and Crafts; The Meaning of Maya Civilization.