Ancient Civilizations of Mexico

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From the archaic period, through the great Mayan civilization and the "Middle" civilizations of Olmecs, Toltecs and others, to the glory of the Aztecs, this classic study offers a comprehensive survey of the extent and variety of pre-Columbian civilizations in the New World. Profusely illustrated with 47 black-and-white plates, 86 text figures. New Introduction by Bruce E. Byland. Bibliography. Index, Map. Diagram of American Chronology.

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Ancient Civilizations of Mexico and Central America

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Overview

From the archaic period, through the great Mayan civilization and the "Middle" civilizations of Olmecs, Toltecs and others, to the glory of the Aztecs, this classic study offers a comprehensive survey of the extent and variety of pre-Columbian civilizations in the New World. Profusely illustrated with 47 black-and-white plates, 86 text figures. New Introduction by Bruce E. Byland. Bibliography. Index, Map. Diagram of American Chronology.

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Originally published in 1928 by the Anthropological Handbook Fund, New York. The extent and variety of pre-Columbian civilizations in the New World come to life in this work from the golden age of anthropology. The author was assistant curator of anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History. Includes b&w photos and drawings of sculpture, motifs, and archaeological sites. This edition contains a new introduction. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486409023
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 12/8/2011
  • Series: Native American Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,438,458
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 5
Introduction 13
Geography and Natural Environment
History of European Contact
Languages
Ethnology
Physical Types
Chapter I The Archaic Horizon 45
Stratification of Remains
The Cemetery under the Lava
Invention of Agriculture
Archaic Figurines
Ancient Customs
Archaic Pottery
Stone Sculptures of the Archaic Period
Extensions of the Archaic Horizon
Chapter II The Mayan Civilization 73
Architecture
Massive Sculptural Art
Minor Arts
The Serpent in Mayan Art
The Human Figure
Design, Composition, and Perspective
The Mayan Pantheon
How Mayan History has been Recovered
Sequences in Art
Books of Chilam Balam
The Mayan Time Counts
Elements of the Day Count
The Conventional Year
The Calendar Round
Mayan Numbers
The Long Count
Dates of Dedication
Hieroglyphs
Codices
Correlation with Christian Chronology
The Mayan Eras
Astronomical Checks on the Correlation
Astronomical Observatories
The True Year
The Lunar Calendar
Venus Calendar
Summary of Mayan History
Chapter III The Middle Civilizations 153
The Olmeca or Rubber People
Zapotecan Culture
Mitla
Totonacan Culture
The Toltees
Quetzalcoatl and the Toltee Era
San Juan Teotihuacan
Xochicalco
Tula
Cholula
The Frontier Cities of the Northwest
Santa Lucia Cozumalhualpa
The Chorotegan Culture
Isthmian Gold Work
Chapter IV The Aztecs 201
Mayas and Aztees compared to Greeks and Romans
The Chichimecas
Aztecan History
Social Organization
The Teepan or Temple Enclosure
The Calendar Stone
Stone of Tizoc
Coatlicue
Mexican Writing
Aztecan Religion
Conceptions of the Universe
Ceremonies
Poetry and Music
Minor Aztecan Arts
The Tarascans
Southern Mexico
Axtecan Influence in Central America
A Cross-Section of New World History 249
Bibliography 255
Index 259
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