The Maya

The Maya

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

The Maya has long been established as the best, most readable introduction to the New World’s greatest ancient civilization. Coe and Houston update this classic by distilling the latest scholarship for the general reader and student.

This new edition incorporates the most recent archaeological and epigraphic research, which continues to proceed at a fast pace. Among the finest new discoveries are spectacular stucco sculptures at El Zotz and Holmul, which reveal surprising aspects of Maya royalty and the founding of dynasties. Dramatic refinements in our understanding of the pace of developments of the Maya civilization have led scholars to perceive a pattern of rapid bursts of building and political formation. Other finds include the discovery of the earliest known occupant of the region, the Hoyo Negro girl, recovered from an underwater cavern in the Yucatan peninsula, along with new evidence for the first architecture at Ceibal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780500291887
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 06/16/2015
Edition description: Ninth edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 166,000
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael D. Coe is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Yale University. His books include The Maya, Mexico, Breaking the Maya Code, Angkor and the Khmer Civilization, andReading the Maya Glyphs. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

Stephen D. Houston is Dupee Family Professor of Social Sciences at Brown University. His most recent book is The Life Within: Classic Maya and the Matter of Permanence.

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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The Maya 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
kurvanas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Coe's work still remain some of the best in the field. Enjoyable and fascinating, they bring history alive and let ancient civilization flourish once more. All archaeological/historical authors should take note.
aethercowboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you're like me, you have a fascination with mesoamerican civilizations. Well, my fascination lies more in their mythology, but just the same, the civilization behind the mythology is just as interesting. Michael Coe gives a historical overview of this once great civilization, explaining their culture in an illuminating way. Both barbaric and beautiful, the Aztecs left their influence on North America before being all but destroyed by the Spanish.This book is highly recommended to anyone who is interested in precolumbian civilizations, or even just mesoamerican civilizations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello I am a sophomore in high school and I read The Maya by Michael D. Coe and Stephen D. Houston, it is an interesting book if you are interested in learning more about the Mayan culture or if you require a source for research. This book had a lot of detail and sources, it was too long in length and overwhelmed me with so much information. Also, I was very confused with how it would throw in different topics at once like for example it would begin talking about the Mayan calendar and then would go one to talk about the Izapa and Pacific Coast. Another aspect of the book that I did not enjoy is it does not get to the point and rambles which can lose the reader’s attention. Lastly, this book did not interest me because I feel the book concentrated more towards adults because of its extensive history and extensive vocabulary. Although I did enjoy that the book I did enjoy its use of photos. I feel seeing the photos while I was reading helped me visualize better what the authors were trying to say. I feel people who enjoy reading a lot of history and fact based books will enjoy this book. If you want to learn more about the Mayan culture I recommend reading it, but if you do not enjoy lengthy books don’t, visit the places in the book instead.
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