Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering the Dynasties of the Ancient Maya / Edition 2

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Overview

"The ideal reference on Maya archaeology."—Science News
Behind the ancient cities of the Maya and their abandoned artworks lie the turbulent stories of their ruling dynasties. One of the world's greatest and most powerful civilizations, the Maya experienced constant conflict in a landscape divided among numerous kingdoms. Intense rivalries, rapacious conquerors, and repeated dynastic defeat and breakdown are common themes in many tales of this mighty civilization.
The ancient Maya remain one of the most vibrant areas of study in world archaeology. Fresh discoveries in the field, together with the ongoing process of hieroglyphic decipherment, mean that information is constantly coming to light. This new version of the only comprehensive, kingdom-by-kingdom history of the ancient Maya brings the story fully up to date with previously unknown rulers and new glyphic readings, as well as additional information on diplomacy and warfare.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500287262
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 511,985
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Martin is a Research Specialist at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. For the past fourteen years he has been doing epigraphic fieldwork at Calakmul, Mexico.

Nikolai Grube is a professor of anthropology at the University of Bonn. He has been closely associated with several archaeological projects, including Caracol, Belize, and Yaxha, Guatemala.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Discovering the Maya Past     6
Introduction     8
Maya History - The Major Periods     8
Map     10
Maya Writing and Calendars     11
The Royal Culture of the Maya     14
Classic Maya Politics     17
Comparative Timelines     22
Tikal     24
Dos Pilas     54
Naranjo     68
Caracol     84
Calakmul     100
Yaxchilan     116
Piedras Negras     138
Palenque     154
Tonina     176
Copan     190
Quirigua     214
Epilogue: Fall of the Sacred Kings     226
Notes and Bibliography     231
Acknowledgments and Illustration Credits     237
Index     238
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  • Posted December 1, 2011

    A solid introduction . . .

    The book is a solid, well organized, read for those who have little knowledge in the Maya and wish to expand their historical horizons. The maps and illustrations were a great addition and suppliment to the text. Even if you've no plan to go through the whole book, it's a great reference for sites if you plan to travel.

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