Daily Life in Maya Civilization (Daily Life Through History Series)by Robert J. Sharer
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 languages 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.
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"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
Meet the Author
ROBERT J. SHARER is Shoemaker Professor in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and Curator of the American Section at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. He has lived and worked in Central America for over 30 years, directing five major research projects for the University of Pennsylvania Museum in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. He is currently investigating the architechtural history of the Copan Acropolis in Honduras. He has written and/or edited more than 20 books and 60 articles and book chapters.
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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.