The Mystery of the Ancient Maya

The Mystery of the Ancient Maya

by Carolyn Meyer, Charles Gallenkamp

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Gr 6-9-This revised edition (McElderry, 1985) provides updated interpretations of the Mayan written language and images used in their art, as well as insights into their social structure. In addition to introducing the everyday life of the Mayas, the authors have traced the early explorations and studies of this ancient culture, from the adventures of John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood in 1839 to contemporary archaeological expeditions conducted by Mexico and the U.S. A look at advances made in the study of language and mathematics and eventual decodings not only points out a progression of discoveries that led to these conclusions, but also provides insight into misconceptions and political forces that influenced theories over the years. Text varies from entertaining, Indiana Jones-style descriptions of early explorations to succinct, well-written presentations of history and culture. Informative black-and-white photographs, reproductions, maps, charts, and diagrams provide needed breaks in the lengthy text. However, the book's overall appearance is bland. This title offers a more detailed history of the Mayas and recent archaeological studies than Victoria Sherrow's The Maya Indians (Chelsea, 1993) and Pamela Odijk's The Mayas (Silver Burdett, 1990).-Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukee, OR

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