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The Maya (1993)
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Genre Non-Fiction
Subject Central America - Antiquities; Indians of Central America - Antiquities; Indians of Mexico - Antiquities; Mayas - Antiquities; Mexico - Antiquities
Publication Date 1993
Format Hardcover (9.4 mm)
Publisher Thames & Hudson
Language English
Extras Dust Jacket
"A clear and intelligent description of the development and organization of Maya civilization." ?Natural History

The Maya has long been established as the best, most readable introduction to the New World's greatest ancient civilization. In these pages Professor Coe distills a lifetime's scholarship for the general reader and student.

Since the publication of the sixth edition of The Maya, new sites have been uncovered and further excavations in old sites have proceeded at an unprecedented pace. Among the many new discoveries is the chance find of extraordinary murals dating to ca. AD 100 at San Bartolo in the Petén. New epigraphic, archaeological, and osteological research has thrown light on the identity of the "founding fathers" of such great sites as Tikal and Copan, and their close affiliation with Teotihuacan in central Mexico. The previously little known center of Ek' Balam in northeastern Yucatan has turned out to be a regional kingdom of major importance, with extraordinary stucco reliefs and a plethora of painted inscriptions.

It has now become apparent that the birth of Maya civilization lies not in the Classic but during the Preclassic period, above all in the Mirador Basin of northern Guatemala, where the builders of gigantic ancient cities (interconnected by causeways) erected the world's largest pyramid as early as 200 BC. All of these finds suggest that we must rethink what we mean by "Classic."

The seventh edition also presents new evidence for the use of wetlands by the Classic Maya, and fresh perspectives on the catastrophic demise of Classic civilization by the close of the ninth century. 175 illustrations, 17 in color.

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LoC Classification F1435.C72 1993
Dewey 972.81/01
ISBN 0500021155
Edition 5th ed.
Cover Price $29.95
No. of Pages 224
First Edition No
Rare No