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This volume is the first to present the results of recent decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic writing and to consider the implications of a Classic Maya written history. Contributors examine how the Maya elite created the kinship, alliance, warfare and ceremonial networks on which the civilization was founded.
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"Rarely does one have the opportunity to read and review a book that must be described as 'uniformly excellent and exciting.' That this volume sums up and makes known to the outside world an amazing decade of progress in Maya scholarship will not be denied. Of the 12 contributors and 13 chapters in this collection, not one is mediocre or unimportant." Charles Lincoln, Latin American Antiquity

"For those who study the Maya, the prehispanic Americas, and preindustrial states, there is much of significance in this collection." Gary M. Feinman, Latin American Anthropology Review

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Preface; List of figures; List of tables; 1. Introduction Norman Hammond; 2. Classic Maya emblem glyphs Peter Mathews; 3. Prehistoric polities of the Pasion region: hieroglyphic texts and their archaeological settings Peter Mathews, and Gordon R. Willey; 4. An epigraphic history of the western Maya region Linda Schele; 5. Cyles of growth at Tikal Christopher Jones; 6. Polities in the Northeast Peten, Guatemala T. Patrick Culbert; 7. Dynastic historys and cultural evolution at Copan, Honduras William L. Fash, and Davis S. Stuart; 8. Diversity and continuity in Maya civilization Robert S. Sharer; 9. Elite interaction during the terminal classic period: new evidence from Chichen Itza Linnea H. Wren, and Peter Schmidt; 10. Royal visits and other intersite relationships among the classic Maya Linda Schele, and Peter Mathews; 11. Inside the black box: defining Maya polity Norman Hammond; 12. Maya elite interaction - through a glass, sideways Norman Yoffee; 13. Maya political history and elite interaction: a summary view T. Patrick Culbert.

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