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Ancient Maya : the rise and fall of a rainforest civilization

Author: Arthur Andrew Demarest
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Series: Case studies in early societies, 3.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this archaeological study, Arthur Demarest brings the lost pre-Columbian civilization of the Maya to life. In applying a holistic perspective to the most recent evidence from archaeology, paleoecology, and epigraphy, this theoretical interpretation emphasizes both the brilliant rain forest adaptations of the ancient Maya and the Native American spirituality that permeated all aspects of their daily life.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur Andrew Demarest
ISBN: 0521592240 9780521592246 0521533902 9780521533904
OCLC Number: 51438896
Description: xvi, 373 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: The mystery and the challenge of the ancient Maya --
Background : geography, chronology, and theoretical perspective --
The exploration and archaeology of the Maya : a brief history --
Obscure beginnings and the Preclassic florescence --
The splendor of the classic Maya florescence in the lowlands --
Settlement and subsistence : the rain forest adaptation --
Classic Maya economics --
Religion and ideology : beliefs and rituals of the theater-states --
Classic Maya politics and history : the dynamics of the theater-states --
The end of classic Maya civilization : collapse, transition, and transformation --
The legacy of the classic Maya civilization : postclassic, colonial, and modern traditions --
The lessons of classic Maya history and prehistory.
Series Title: Case studies in early societies, 3.
Responsibility: Arthur Demarest.
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Ancient Maya comes to life in this new holistic and theoretical study of the rise, florescence and decline of the cities of this most sophisticated civilization. Drawing on new, unpublished data,  Read more...

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'In Ancient Maya, Arthur Demarest, an authority on the Olmec and Maya civilisations, applies an holistic, theoretically-integrated perspective to this study of archaeology, paleoecology, and Read more...

 
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