An anthropologist and archaeologist working for much of his life at the British Museum, Thomas Athol Joyce (1878-1942) succeeded in making American archaeology more accessible to non-specialists. Through careful analysis and presentation of the available evidence from South and Central America, he secured his reputation as an authority in this field, especially with regard to Mayan civilisation. Drawing on his wide reading of the published literature, he produced three pioneering and highly illustrated textbooks. The present work appeared in 1916 and focuses on Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and the West Indies. The laws, religion, customs and daily life of the various indigenous peoples are discussed and compared, with thorough illustration and examination of a range of artefacts. Joyce intended his summary of the evidence to serve as 'a signpost for future investigators'. His South American Archaeology (1912) and Mexican Archaeology (1914) are also reissued in this series.
Table of Contents
Preface; Part I. Southern Central America: Introduction; 1. Nicaragua and N.E. Costa Rica; 2. Nicaragua and N.E. Costa Rica (cont.); 3. Nicaragua and N.E. Costa Rica (cont.); 4. Central Costa Rica; 5. Southern Costa Rica and Panama; 6. Southern Costa Rica and Panama (cont.); 7. Southern Costa Rica and Panama (cont.); Part II. The West Indies: Introduction; 8. The West Indies: government, marriage and war; 9. The West Indies: religion; 10. The West Indies: amusements, burial, food and habitations; 11. The West Indies: dress and manufactures; Appendix; Index.