The Maya / Edition 8

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Overview

"The gold standard of introductory books on the ancient Maya."—Expedition
The Maya has long been established as the best, most readable introduction to the New World’s greatest ancient civilization. In these pages Michael D. Coe distills a lifetime’s scholarship for the general reader and student.
The eighth edition incorporates the latest archaeological and epigraphic research. Among the finest new discoveries are the spectacular polychrome murals of Calakmul, which provide archaeological evidence for the importance of marketplaces in the Classic Maya cities as well as giving a unique glimpse into Maya daily life. Other recent finds relate to the initial peopling of the Maya area by Early Hunters and Archaic peoples.
It is clear that the birth of Maya civilization lies not in the Classic but in the Preclassic period, above all in the Mirador Basin of northern Guatemala, where the builders of gigantic ancient cities erected the world’s largest pyramid as early as 200 BC. In addition, the persistent influence of the precocious Olmec civilization of southeast Mexico on the development of complex society in the Maya area has become more apparent. These and other discoveries continue to suggest that we must rethink what we mean by the term “Classic.”
This edition concludes with new historical evidence for the crucial role played by collaborationist native leaders, both Maya and non- Maya, in the Spanish conquest of the region.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Because of the wealth of new archaeological data and breakthroughs in the translation of hieroglyphs, Coe's updating of his classic synthesis of Maya civilization provides a valuable service to both informed lay readers and specialists wishing to apprise themselves of the current state of understanding of this most intellectually sophisticated and aesthetically refined pre-Columbian culture. Although the vast majority of the text may be found in the prior edition, the work is transformed by significant interpolations and deletions and is augmented by a new section of color plates, a useful guide for travelers, and a listing of Maya rulers. As it now stands, this refreshed and renewed little masterpiece merits a place in collections serving students of ancient Mesoamerica.
Latin America in Books
“As a general introduction, this seems all that is needed.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500289020
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 1/31/2011
  • Series: Ancient Peoples and Places Series
  • Edition description: Eighth Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 172,197
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael D. Coe is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Yale University. His books include The Maya, Mexico, Breaking the Maya Code, Angkor and the Khmer Civilization, andReading the Maya Glyphs. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 11
2 The earliest Maya 41
3 The rise of Maya civilization 58
4 Classic splendor : the early period 86
5 Classic splendor : the late period 110
6 The terminal classic 161
7 The post-classic 177
8 Maya life on the eve of the conquest 204
9 Maya thought and culture 210
10 The enduring Maya 242
Visiting the Maya area 256
Dynastic rules of classic Maya cities 260
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