National Geographic Investigates: Ancient Maya

Overview

The ancestral homeland of the Maya spans five centuries of history in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador. Archaeologists have searched the region for years, looking for clues to the lives of the Maya people. Look at the fascinating hieroglyphic stairway at Copan. Wonder at the stone panels looted from what would turn out to be the Mayan capital city. See how ancient sites and artifacts help scientists today piece together the puzzle of the Maya's past. Every item uncovered brings us new ...
See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (13) from $1.99   
  • New (6) from $9.92   
  • Used (7) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

The ancestral homeland of the Maya spans five centuries of history in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador. Archaeologists have searched the region for years, looking for clues to the lives of the Maya people. Look at the fascinating hieroglyphic stairway at Copan. Wonder at the stone panels looted from what would turn out to be the Mayan capital city. See how ancient sites and artifacts help scientists today piece together the puzzle of the Maya's past. Every item uncovered brings us new understanding of the ancient Maya's lost civilization.

It is National Geographic's mission to explore the world and all that's in it and to bring discoveries and knowledge to the widest array of people possible. National Geographic Investigates introduces young people to cutting-edge techniques of investigation, the most current discoveries, and the way that those discoveries are interpreted to throw new light on ancient civilizations.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heather Christensen
In this title, a part of the "National Geographic Investigates: Ancient Civilizations" series, Harris depicts modern archeologists as "historical detectives" who use clues left behind from ancient civilizations to solve the mysteries of the past. Using technological tools such as global positioning devices, flatbed scanners, and computers, scientists explore, record, and test theories in an effort to create a greater understanding of the rich and diverse Mayan culture. Even though the focus of the book is of the ancient Mayan culture, there is a constant awareness of the living Maya, who reside in today's Guatemala and Mexico. Each page of the book contains color photographs of artifacts, archeologists at work, contemporary Mayans, and historical Mayan sites as they appear today. There are also a variety of maps, time lines, and artistic representations to help readers visualize the information presented in the text. Frequent sidebars present interesting tidbits and will help keep the reader engaged. The resource page contains a bibliography of books and past National Geographic articles, plus a list of further reading and websites for further exploration. This book could be used to enrich a discussion of Pre-Columbian history or to complement a unit about explorers. The stunning photographs will encourage browsing and the engaging text invites readers of all ages. Reviewer: Heather Christensen
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426302275
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 2/12/2008
  • Series: National Geographic Investigates Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 490,261
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 10.05 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Message From the Consultant     8
Map of Ancient Mesoamerica     9
Three Major Periods of Maya History     10
Timeline of Mesoamerican History     10
Yesterday Comes Alive     12
A lasting mystery
Looters help out
Mystery upon mystery
History's detectives
Secrets of the glyphs
Living legacy
A wide influence
Periods of the Maya
Disputed dates
When is a discovery not a discovery?
A long decline?
The Coming of the Maya     20
Shock meeting
Atomic bombshell
The oldest tomb
Writing from prehistory
God and heroes
A large site
Models for the Maya
Cities in the Forest     26
Getting to the bottom of it
Names of a dynasty
Center of influence
Artistic reconstruction
Tales of Tikal
A story in stones
Mighty Tikal
Kings, Gods, and Sacrifice     34
Clearing the steps
Hide and seek
Into the tomb
The Late Classic
Kings and lords
Deadly games
Rescue of an ancient king
Sacrifice or execution?
Great paintings
Mary's mural makeover
The Past in the Present     42
Sweet and sour
Farming the forest
The Maya at the movies
Enough for everyone
A telltale mosaic
Homes in history
Maritime masters
Trade tricks
A luxury market
Meet an archaeologist
Survival in the Yucatan     52
Caves for sacrifice
Underwater graves
A change of centers
Cave-diving scholars
Mighty Chichen
The conquest
The YearsAhead     58
Glossary     59
Bibliography     60
Further Reading     60
On the Web     60
Index     61
About the Author and Consultant     63
Sources for Quotations     63
Credits     64
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)