New Theories on the Ancient Maya

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Papers from the 1987 Maya Weekend conference at the University of Pennsylvania Museum present current views of Maya culture and language. Also included is an article by George Stuart summarizing the history of the study of Maya hieroglyphs and the fascinating scholars and laypersons who have helped bring about their decipherment.

Symposium Series III

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction
The Past as Prelude
I Quest for Decipherment: A Historical and Biographical Survey of Maya Hieroglyphic Investigation 1
Epigraphy and Iconography: Current Studies and Interpretations
II Classic Maya Politics 65
III From Double Bird to Ah Cacao: Dynastic Troubles and the Cycle of Katuns at Tikal, Guatemala 71
IV Preclassic Notation and the Development of Maya Writing 81
V Excavating Among the Collections: A Reexamination of Three Figurines 91
VI Pure Language and Lapidary Prose 99
VII The Myth of the Popol Vuh as an Instrument of Power 109
The Archaeological Perspective: New Insights Into Developments and Relationships
VIII New Ceremonial and Settlement Evidence at La Venta, and its Relation to Preclassic Maya Cultures 123
IX The Preclassic Origin of Lowland Maya States 131
X Preclassic Maya Civilization 137
XI The Development of a Regional Tradition in Southern Belize 145
XII Beyond Temples and Palaces: Recent Settlement Pattern Research at the Ancient Maya City of Sayil (1983-1985) 155
XIII Variations on a Theme: A Frontier View of Maya Civilization 161
The Maya World View: The Ancient Ways and the Modern Legacy
XIV Deciphering Maya Architectural Plans 173
XV Burials as Caches; Caches as Burials: A New Interpretation of the Meaning of Ritual Deposits Among the Classic Period Lowland Maya 185
XVI Rebellious Prophets 197
XVII Divination and Prophecy in Yucatan 205
XVIII Mayan Calendars, Cosmology, and Astronomical Commensuration 217
XIX The Popol Vuh as a Hieroglyphic Book 229
The Present as Past
XX The Future of Tikal 241
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