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"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."
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."
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
Posted April 16, 2014
I am a high school sophomore and I read this for my research project. This book provided all the necessary information that I needed to
answer all of my questions. Sharer adds detail and depth which is helpful in understadning the material to someone who is new to
learning about the Mayans. I liked that it was very detailed and had the chapters split into smaller sections that focused on other smaller
topics relating to the chapter. Although it was a very detailed book and answered all my qyestions, sometimes it was easy to get lost and
confused. For example, he talks about the history of Mesopotamia and uses scientific vocabulary to explain some of the major
contrasts between the different regions in which the Mayans lived in. He also goes into detail about the genealogy of kings
and how thie ruling effected the people. Although having more than enough detail was great, it was also sometimes overbearing due to
the fact that he would write in great length. Some of the smaller sections in some chapters I felt could have been left out or had another
chapter written instead. One example of this is the myths, Sharer is describing to us the religious beliefs and retells the story to us and
summarizes them. Although he is summarizing them, and focuses on the popular ones, I think he could have taken that out and written
another chapter about the myths instead of trying to fit them into another chapter. Overall it was a good read and I recommend this to
anyone who wants to know a little more about the Mayans.