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This examination of daily life in ancient Maya civilization presents the very latest discoveries and interpretations and corrects popular misconceptions. Based on the results of recent research from a variety of disciplines, it traces Maya civilization from its earliest beginnings to the Spanish conquest in the 16th century and shows how the Maya successfully adapted to their environment and preserved their traditional culture and lauguages from oppression over thousands of years. Archaeologist Sharer, one of the foremost experts on the Maya, offers unique insights into Maya civilization based on 30 years of living and working in Central America. Over 60 illustrations and photographs of Maya life, artifacts, and archaeological sites bring the social, political, economic, religious, and cultural aspects of Maya civilization to life.
For ease of use by students, the work is organized into chapters covering all aspects of Maya life and civilization: the foundations of Maya life and civilization: early, middle, and late Maya civilization; economy (production and trade); social and political systems; life cycle events; religion; writing and calendars; and the variety of arts and crafts. The work closes with discussion of the meaning of Maya civilization for us today — how the achievements and failures of the Maya past can be of benefit to the modern world. The work includes a historical timeline of Maya civilization and a bibliography for further reading. This work will replace all earlier resources on the Maya and will provide school and public librarians and students with the most up-to-date and historically accurate information on the Maya.
"Popular overview of Maya civilization. Begins with basic observations about archaeology and the Maya, then presents a synthesis of Maya history to provide the context for a topically organized characterization of the Maya cultural tradition. Essentially a streamlined version of author's The ancient Maya, though less detailed and less extensively illustrated"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.
"In this update to the 1996 edition, Sharer (Quirigua) includes scholarship from newly deciphered Maya writings and from fresh archaeological discoveries in the lowland, highland, and Pacific Coast areas. Special attention has also been paid to the Early Maya segment, reflecting an upsurge in relevant scholarship. The book's 13 chapters move through the Maya civilization's 13,000-year social, economic, and cultural development. Also offered is a thought-provoking consideration of Maya civilization and the lessons it can impart to contemporary Western society. An absorbing read.'
"This reference for general readers and students in high school and up draws on established facts and data-based hypotheses to reconstruct the ancient Maya civilization, and also draws on the author's 40 years of experience directing archaeological excavations at Maya sites in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Rather than continually citing the
vast literature, the referencing system used in the first edition has been continued and expanded for this second edition: a listing of principal sources of information for subjects covered at the end of each chapter. For this edition, there are new references to DVDs and web sites. This second edition reflects newly discovered sites and new decipherments of
Maya writing since the first edition was published in 1996, and contains a new chapter on the changes that occurred at the end of the Middle Maya civilization. To make room for this chapter, the chapter on arts and crafts has been dropped, with information incorporated into chapters on the economy and society. There are 12 new B&W illustrations. A chronology and notes on pronunciation are included."
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"This new Daily Life in Maya Civilization is highly recommended for Central American and Mexican history collections in academic and public libraries."
Chronology of Maya Civilization
The Maya of Today and Yesterday
Understanding Maya Civilization
The Foundations of Maya Civilization
Early Maya Civilization
Middle Maya Civilization
Late Maya Civilization
Recording History: Writing and Calendars
Arts and Crafts
The Meaning of Maya Civilization