Daily Life in Maya Civilization (Daily Life Through History Series)

Daily Life in Maya Civilization (Daily Life Through History Series)

by Robert J. Sharer
     
 

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The most comprehensive coverage and latest discoveries about the way of life of the Maya.See more details below

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The most comprehensive coverage and latest discoveries about the way of life of the Maya.

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Library Journal
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.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-This thorough study of Mayan culture begins with a history of the development of this civilization over several thousand years. The author explains the effects of climate and terrain on population shifts and how archaeologists study sites and reconstruct societies from their findings. Following chapters discuss the rise and fall of royal dynasties, economic growth, social roles and strata, daily life, political organization, and religion. An in-depth examination of Mayan writing and numerical systems and the development of a complex calendrical record demonstrates the sophistication of this culture. An extensive bibliography is included. Black-and-white photographs of art, artifacts, excavations, and contemporary Mayan life as well as charts and a map extend the well-written text, but the book's overall appearance is bland and utilitarian. Carolyn Meyer and Charles Gallenkamp's The Mystery of the Ancient Maya (McElderry, 1994) is less detailed, but provides some colorful background information about earlier archaeological expeditions. Libraries needing comprehensive material about the Mayans will welcome Sharer's new title.-Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukee, OR
Booknews
A reconstruction of ancient Mayan daily life critiquing popular myths and establishing a new standard for archeological and scholarly research into the Mayan culture. Archeologist Sharer examines Maya civilization from 1500 B.C. to the Spanish conquest in the 16th century, demonstrating how the Mayan successfully preserved tradition after thousands of years of oppression. The study considers topics in economy, social and political systems, writing, calendars, life cycle rituals, the arts, and religion. Includes photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"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.'

" - Library Journal

"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." - Reference & Research Book News

"This new Daily Life in Maya Civilization is highly recommended for Central American and Mexican history collections in academic and public libraries." - ARBAonline

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573566513
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/09/1996
Series:
Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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