The Lords of Tikal: Rulers of an Ancient Maya City

The Lords of Tikal: Rulers of an Ancient Maya City

by Peter D. Harrison
     
 

The Maya metropolis of Tikal was once one of the greatest cities in the world. At its peak around A.D. 750 over 100,000 people lived here, in the heart of the Guatemalan rainforest. Huge temple-pyramids dominated the skyline. Today Tikal has become one of the most visited sites on the Maya tourist itinerary. But why did the city flourish? What does its history reveal… See more details below

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The Maya metropolis of Tikal was once one of the greatest cities in the world. At its peak around A.D. 750 over 100,000 people lived here, in the heart of the Guatemalan rainforest. Huge temple-pyramids dominated the skyline. Today Tikal has become one of the most visited sites on the Maya tourist itinerary. But why did the city flourish? What does its history reveal about the mysteries of Maya civilization? And why did Tikal collapse? Drawing upon over 30 years of excavation and research, some of it his own, Peter D. Harrison gives a vivid account of the turbulent story of Tikal over 1700 years, from 800 B.C. to the late 9th century A.D. Making full use of the remarkable recent breakthroughs in translating the Maya's own hieroglyphic record, Peter D. Harrison offers a cogent, detailed summary of what is known to date of this romantic, mysterious city and its rulers.

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Library Journal
Harrison draws upon more than 30 years of excavation and research to summarize what is known to date about Tikal. Once one of the greatest cities in the world, Tikal was strategically located in the central region of the Maya lowlands and served as a major trade center and architectural style-setter. Over 3000 known surface structures exist, and as many as 10,000 ruined buildings and platforms may lie below the surface of the site. Recent discoveries in Maya archaeology include insights into the urban nature of the society and the agricultural methods used to support such a large population (possibly 200,000). Harrison discusses breakthroughs in the translation of Maya glyphs, which continue to shed light on the history and politics of the city, and also considers reasons for its decline and fall. This book is recommended for its cogent style, treatment of recent advances in Maya studies, and fine photos and format. [History Book Club selection.]--Sylvia Andrews, Indiana State Lib., Indianapolis Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Michael A. Stowe
The Lords of Tikal is an excellent resource and valuable addition to any library. I strongly recommend it for both amateur and professional archaeologists interested in this intriguing chapter of Maya prehistory.
Scientific American Discovering Archaeology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500281291
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Series:
New Aspects of Antiquity Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
7.42(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.53(d)

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