The Maya / Edition 7

The Maya / Edition 7

by Michael D. Coe
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Thames & Hudson


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The Maya / Edition 7

"The gold standard of introductory books on the ancient Maya."—Expedition

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780500285053
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 03/15/2005
Series: Ancient Peoples and Places Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Michael D. Coe is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Yale University. His books include The Maya,
The True History of Chocolate,
Breaking the Maya Code
, and
Reading the Maya Glyphs.

Table of Contents

Preface     7
Chronological Table     10
Introduction     11
The setting     14
Natural resources     22
Areas     23
Periods     24
Peoples and languages     26
Climate change and its cultural impact     31
The Earliest Maya     41
Early hunters     41
Archaic collectors and cultivators     44
Early Preclassic villages     47
The Middle Preclassic expansion     50
Preclassic Kaminaljuyu     52
The Maya lowlands     55
The Rise of Maya Civilization     58
The birth of the calendar     60
The Hero Twins and the Creation of the World (box)     65
Izapa and the Pacific Coast     67
Kaminaljuyu and the Maya highlands     70
The Peten and the Maya lowlands     76
The Mirador Basin     81
San Bartolo     82
From Preclassic to Classic in the Maya lowlands     84
Classic Splendor: the Early Period     86
Teotihuacan: military giant     88
The Esperanza culture     90
Tzak'ol culture in the Central Area     95
Copan in the Early Classic     105
The Northern Area     108
Classic Splendor: the Late Period     110
Classic sites in the Central Area     112
Copan and Quirigua     115
Tikal     122
Calakmul     125
Yaxchilan, Piedras Negras, and Bonampak     125
The Petexbatun     129
Palenque     130
Comalcalco and Tonina     139
Classic sites in the Northern Area: Rio Bec, Chenes, and Coba     140
Art of the Late Classic     142
The Terminal Classic     161
The Great Collapse     161
Seibal and the Putun Maya     164
Puuk sites in the Northern Area     165
The Terminal Classic at Chichen Itza     170
Ek' Bahlam     172
The Cotzumalhuapa problem     174
The end of an era     176
The Post-Classic     177
The Toltec invasion and Chichen Itza     179
The Itza and the city of Mayapan     193
The independent states of Yucatan     196
The Central Area in the Post-Classic     199
Maya-Mexican dynasties in the Southern Area     199
The Spanish Conquest      202
Maya Life on the Eve of the Conquest     204
The farm and the chase     204
Industry and commerce     206
The life cycle     207
Society and politics     208
Maya Thought and Culture     210
The universe and the gods     213
The earth and the gods     215
The Classic Maya Underworld     218
Rites and ritual practitioners     221
Numbers and the calendar     223
The sun and the moon     225
The celestial wanderers and the stars     227
The nature of Maya writing     229
History graven in stone     234
Maya superstates     238
History and the supernatural     239
Name-tagging     240
Spiritual alter-egos     241
The Enduring Maya     242
The new Spanish order     243
The highland Maya, yesterday and today     245
The Tzotzil Maya of Zinacantan     247
The Yucatec Maya     249
The War of the Castes     250
The Maya of Chan K'om     250
The Lakandon     252
Uprising in Chiapas     252
The great terror      253
The Maya future     254
Visiting the Maya Area     256
Dynastic Rulers of Classic Maya Cities     260
Further Reading     262
Sources of Illustrations     267
Index     268

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