Handbook to Life in the Ancient Maya World

ISBN-10: 0195183630
ISBN-13: 9780195183634
Edition: 2005
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Description: The ancient Mayan civilization of southern Mexico and northern Central America has long been described as "mysterious," even though scholars have been studying this culture for hundreds of years. Our view of the Maya has changed dramatically based  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/7/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.914
Language: English

The ancient Mayan civilization of southern Mexico and northern Central America has long been described as "mysterious," even though scholars have been studying this culture for hundreds of years. Our view of the Maya has changed dramatically based on the various findings of these scholars; what were once thought of as "vacant ceremonial centers," inhabited by only a few calendar priests and used as places of ritual by the surrounding peasant farmers, have now been redefined as ancient thriving cities of thousands of Maya. Hierogliphic inscriptions, once thought to be astrological mumbo-jumbo, now read as names of historical individuals and the cities they ruled. The Handbook to Life in the Ancient Maya World provides a comprehensive and accessible reference to the greatest and most mysterious of civilizations, hailed for its contributions to science, mathematics, and technology. The book focuses on recent groundbreaking discoveries while presenting the civilization's earlist beginnings to its conquest by the Spanish in the 16th Century. Each chapter is supplemented by an extensive bibliography as well as photographs. original line drawings, and maps. Different sections include civilization and archaeology, evolution, geography, society and government, astronomy and the calendar, funerary beliefs and customs, and many more,

Foreword
Maya civilization and archaeology
Evolution of Maya civilization
Geography of the pre-Columbian Maya
Society and government
Warfare
Religion, cosmology, and art
Funerary beliefs and customs
Architecture and building
Arithmetic, astronomy, and the calendar
Written evidence
Economy, industry, and trade
Daily life

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