Maya Archaeologist

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Maya Archaeologist is an autobiographical account of explorations in Mayan ruins by J. Eric Thompson, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Maya Indians of Mexico and Central America. Based on his expeditions from 1926 to 1936 - when conditions in the Maya area were very close to those in the years of the Conquest - this book is an intensely personal account of the investigation of the "stone cities," such as Uxmal, Chichén Itzá, Copán, Tikal, and Quirigua, as well as lively portraits of the ...

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Overview

Maya Archaeologist is an autobiographical account of explorations in Mayan ruins by J. Eric Thompson, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Maya Indians of Mexico and Central America. Based on his expeditions from 1926 to 1936 - when conditions in the Maya area were very close to those in the years of the Conquest - this book is an intensely personal account of the investigation of the "stone cities," such as Uxmal, Chichén Itzá, Copán, Tikal, and Quirigua, as well as lively portraits of the archaeologists who probed this civilization - Morley, Gann, Ruppert, Vaillant, Roys, and many others.

"Autobiographical account of the early days of modern Maya archaeology by the most influential Mayanist of the middle decades of the 20th century. A foreword by Norman Hammond highlights Thompson's immense contribution to Maya studies, but also points out that changes in the field since publication of the original edition in 1963 have resulted in the rejection of some of Thompson's ideas. This thoroughly readable account of Thompson's work during the 1920s-30s provides a fascinating glimpse of a critical formative period in Maya archaeology"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Reprint of the U. of Oklahoma Press work originally published in 1963. New foreword by Norman Hammond. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806112060
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1974
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 7.95 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Eric S. Thompson, one of the world's foremost Maya scholars, is a veteran of archaeological field expeditions to southern Mexico and Central America. Associated with the Carnegie Institution of Washington for many years, he now lives near Cambridge, England, where he continues his investigations of Maya hieroglyphic writing. He is the author of A Catalog of Maya Hieroglyphs and Maya Hieroglyphic Writing: An Introduction, both invaluable tools for Mayanists. His other books include The Rise and Fall of Maya Civilization, the classic account of the prehistoric Mayas, and Maya Archaeologist, the delightful story of his archaeological adventures. All are published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

Norman Hammond teaches archaeology at Boston University, and is the author of numerous books on the Maya and Mesoamerican archaeology.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Glossary and Key to Pronunciation
1 Digging at Chichen Itza 3
2 Coba, Uxmal, and Other Ruins 42
3 Lubaantun, British Honduras 71
4 A Wild Goose Chase and Pusilha 100
5 Maya Ancient and Modern 118
6 The Cayo District, British Honduras 151
7 Cities of the Peten 183
8 Copan, Eastern Outpost 206
9 San Jose and La Honradez 223
10 Across the Peninsula of Yucatan 252
Epilogue 271
Index 274
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