Ancient Maya: The Rise and Fall of a Rainforest Civilization / Edition 1by Arthur Demarest
Pub. Date: 05/01/2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Arthur Demarest brings the lost civilization of Maya to life by applying a holistic view to the most recently discovered archaeological evidence. His theoretical interpretation simultaneously emphasizes the brilliant rain forest adaptations of the ancient Maya and the Native American spirituality that permeated all aspects of their daily life. Drawing on data from
Arthur Demarest brings the lost civilization of Maya to life by applying a holistic view to the most recently discovered archaeological evidence. His theoretical interpretation simultaneously emphasizes the brilliant rain forest adaptations of the ancient Maya and the Native American spirituality that permeated all aspects of their daily life. Drawing on data from the latest significant archaeological research in Central America, this new study appeals to those interested in the ecological bases of civilization, the function of the state and the causes of the collapse of civilizations.
Table of Contents
1. The mystery and the challenge of the Ancient Maya; 2. Background: geography, chronology, and theoretical perspective; 3. The exploration and archaeology of the Maya: a brief history; 4. Obscure beginnings and the preclassic florescence; 5. The splinter of classic Maya florescence in the lowlands; 6. Settlement and subsistence: the rain forest adaptation; 7. Classic Maya economics; 8. Religion and ideology: beliefs and ritual of the theater state; 9. Classic Maya politics and history: the dynamics of the theater state; 10. The end of classic Maya civilization: collapse, transition, and transformation; 11. The legacy of the classic Maya civilization: postclassic, colonial, and modern traditions; 12. The lessons of Maya history and prehistory.
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I am a high school sophomore that had to do a research project. For my research project I chose the topic on Mayans. If you’re looking for a book with the history of the Mayans, this is your book. The book contains great background information on how the mayans lived and their culture. It explains the outcome of the empire when the Europeans came. You gain better knowledge about the mayans’ traditions and faith. If you’re also interested in knowing their religion, you’re learn that too with the book. It will explain the different gods they believe in and what each god represent You even receive information on their politics and economics. The book also explains how the mayan civilization came to an end. I also recommended this book to people who are interested in history or knowing more about the early civilization of some Latin American countries. The book also contains great photos of temples, arts, and the landscape. There are also different maps on the countries they lived in. In the book there are also drawings of the mayan calendar, weapons, and tools.