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    DescriptionWhen the Maya kings of Tikal dedicated their first carved monuments in the third century A.D., inaugurating the Classic period of Maya history that lasted for six centuries and saw the rise of such famous cities as Palenque, Copan and Yaxchilan, Maya civilization was already nearly a millennium old. Its first cities, such as Nakbe and El Mirador, had some of the largest temples ever raised in Prehispanic America, while others such as Cival showed even earlier evidence of complex rituals. The reality of this Preclassic Maya civilization has been documented by scholars over the past three decades: what had been seen as an age of simple village farming, belatedly responding to the stimulus of more advanced peoples in highland Mesoamerica, is now know to have been the period when the Maya made themselves into one of the New World's most innovative societies. This book discusses the most recent advances in our knowledge of the Preclassic Maya and the emergence of their rainforest civilization, with new data on settlement, political organization, architecture, iconography and epigraphy supporting a contemporary theoretical perspective that challenges prior assumptions.

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    The First Maya Civilization
    Ritual and Power Before the Classic Period
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Francisco Estrada-Belli
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    ISBN 13: 9780415429948
    ISBN 10: 0415429943

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA, HBJK
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET150
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/NATAMR
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MEXICN
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 50
    BISAC V2.8: HIS028000, HIS025000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 86, 85
    BISAC V2.8: HIS007000
    DC22: 972.81016
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    DC22: 972.81/2
    LC classification: F1435.1.P47 E77 2011
    DC22: 972.812
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAK
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAK
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    Thema V1.0: NHC, JBSL11, NHKA
    Illustrations note
    35 black & white halftones, 35 black & white line drawings
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    03 January 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Boston University, USA
    Review quote
    "Francisco Estrada-Belli's new book on the early Maya stems from a decade of excavations and survey by the Holmul Project at Holmul, Cival, La, Sufricaya, and other sites in the northeast Peten of Guatemala...the writing is clear and lively...Estrada-Belli's book contains many valuable and instructive insights and convincing arguments and is well worth reading." - E. Wyllys Andrews, Tulane university, New Orleans, USA.
    Table of contents
    1. Maya Civilization in perspective 2. Trajectories of Evolution: Maya Archaeology and the Preclassic Maya 3. Maya States before the Classic Period 4. Planting the seed of civilization: the making of sacred ground 5. Earth-Mountain-Caves and Sky-Serpent-Birds: Metanarratives of Preclassic Maya art 6. The Preclassic - to - Classic Maya transition: a new beginning? 7. Conclusion: A new beginning for Maya studies?