The Ancient Maya: Fifth Edition

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“As readable as it is comprehensive, this volume is an admirable and up-to-date account of the ancient Maya.”—Scientific American

“The most comprehensive and most lavishly illustrated book on its subject.”—Journal of Latin American Studies

"Comprehensive synthesis of ancient Maya scholarship. Extensive summary of the archaeology of the Maya world provides the historical context for a detailed topical synthesis of chronological and geographic variability within the Maya cultural tradition"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Overview

“As readable as it is comprehensive, this volume is an admirable and up-to-date account of the ancient Maya.”—Scientific American

“The most comprehensive and most lavishly illustrated book on its subject.”—Journal of Latin American Studies

"Comprehensive synthesis of ancient Maya scholarship. Extensive summary of the archaeology of the Maya world provides the historical context for a detailed topical synthesis of chronological and geographic variability within the Maya cultural tradition"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804721301
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 928
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert J. Sharer is Shoemaker Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, and Curator of the American Section at the university's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He is the author of Quirigua: A Classic Maya Center and Its Sculpture and Everyday Life in Maya Civilization, as well as two previous editions of The Ancient Maya. Loa P. Traxler is a Research Scientist in the American Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The setting of Maya civilization 23
Ch. 2 Archaeology and Maya civilization 57
Ch. 3 History and Maya civilization 99
Ch. 4 The origins of Maya civilization 153
Ch. 5 The emergence of Maya civilization in the Middle Preclassic 177
Ch. 6 The origins of Maya states in the Late Preclassic 223
Ch. 7 The expansion of Maya states in the Early Classic 287
Ch. 8 The apogee of Maya states in the Late Classic 377
Ch. 9 Transformations in the Terminal Classic 499
Ch. 10 Reformulation and revival in the Postclassic 589
Ch. 11 The ancient Maya economy 631
Ch. 12 The origination of Maya society 665
Ch. 13 Maya ideology and religion 719
Epilogue : the conquest of the Maya 757
App Dates for K'atun and half K'atun endings 779
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