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Maya History
     

Maya History

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by Tatiana Proskouriakoff, Barbara C. Page (Illustrator), Rosemary A. Joyce (Editor)
 

Tatiana Proskouriakoff, a preeminent student of the Maya, made many breakthroughs in deciphering Maya writing, particularly in demonstrating that the glyphs record the deeds of actual human beings, not gods or priests. This discovery opened the way for a history of the Maya, a monumental task that Proskouriakoff was engaged in before her death in 1985. Her work,

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Tatiana Proskouriakoff, a preeminent student of the Maya, made many breakthroughs in deciphering Maya writing, particularly in demonstrating that the glyphs record the deeds of actual human beings, not gods or priests. This discovery opened the way for a history of the Maya, a monumental task that Proskouriakoff was engaged in before her death in 1985. Her work, Maya History, has been made ready for press by the able editorship of Rosemary Joyce.

Maya History reconstructs the Classic Maya period (roughly A.D. 250-900) from the glyphic record on stelae at numerous sites, including Altar de Sacrificios, Copan, Dos Pilas, Naranjo, Piedras Negras, Quirigua, Tikal, and Yaxchilan. Proskouriakoff traces the spread of governmental institutions from the central Peten, especially from Tikal, to other city-states by conquest and intermarriage. Thirteen line drawings of monuments and over three hundred original drawings of glyphs amplify the text.

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At her death in 1985, Proskouriakoff (archaeology and ethnology, Harvard U.) was working on this history of the native civilization in the Yucatan peninsula, based on her decipherment of their hitherto elusive hieroglyphs. She discovered that the engraved stelae record the deeds of actual humans in the past, and set about to arrange them in a chronology from A.D. 288 to 938. Does not presume a specialized background in either the sciences or the area. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780292750852
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
03/01/1993
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.29(w) x 10.31(h) x 0.80(d)

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Maya History is the final life work of the person who was to our field as Darwin was to biology.

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