"(T)he most comprehensive and most lavishly illustrated book on its subject."Journal of Latin American Studies
"The Ancient Maya has become a standard text on the study of Mayan culture and prehistory. Given the veritable explosion of research on the Maya, greater understanding of this pastyet livingculture has been realized."Colonial Latin American Historical Review
"(T)his work is surely a must-have reference for Mayanists of all fields. . . . The Ancient Maya is appropriate to scholars, graduate students, and upper-level undergraduates."The Americas
"This marvelous book shows why the Maya constitute one of the best "case studies" of social and political evolution. Rich with detail and new insights, the authors skillfully show that the Maya were on a par with other great civilizations such as the Greeks, Egyptians, and Chinese. This truly
monumental work has been updated to meet the needs of all readers from laymen to tourists to professional archaeologists and it should be on everyone's bookshelf to read and re-read."
Joyce Marcus, University of Michigan, Museum of Anthropology
"The Ancient Maya remains the best and most comprehensive single source on the prehispanic Maya. Easy to read and up-to-date, this new edition is an excellent choice for the general reader and for college classes."
E. Wyllys Andrews, Middle American Research Institute, Tulane University
"The Ancient Maya is indispensable to anyone interested in the Mayaor in complex societies in generalbecause of its authoritative voice and encyclopedic scope. It is entertainingly written so that one can sit down and read through its chapters, while at the same time its tables,
figures, and superb index and bibliography make it a dependable and essential reference tool. There simply isn't anything comparable to this book."
Prudence M. Rice, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
"For nearly 60 years, sucessive editions of The Ancient Maya have served as benchmarks of our knowledge of Maya civilization. This new edition follows in the footsteps of its illustrious predecessors, presenting the most thorough and up-to-date synthesis of our knowledge of the Maya
civilization as revealed through archaeology, epigraphy, and art history. Scholars and the general public alike will be excited to find the latest archaeological discoveries and theories about topics like the rise of Maya civilization and the Classic Maya collapse. Thanks to significant reorganization, the text addresses the history of Maya archaeology and epigraphy, thus contextualizing the study of the ancient Maya within the larger field of archaeology. In short, this book remains the definitive synthesis of our knowledge of Precolumbian Maya
Jason Yaeger, University of Wisconsin-Madison