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The ancient Maya

Author: Robert J Sharer; Sylvanus Griswold Morley
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1994.
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Publisher's Description: The rich findings of recent exploration and research are incorporated in this completely revised and greatly expanded edition of the standard work on the New World's most brilliant native civilization - that of the Maya people of northern Central America and southern Mexico. New field discoveries, new technical advances, new successes in the decipherment of Maya writing, and new theoretical  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert J Sharer; Sylvanus Griswold Morley
ISBN: 0804721300 9780804721301 0804723109 9780804723107
OCLC Number: 28067148
Notes: Rev. ed. of: The ancient Maya / Sylvanus G. Morley and George W. Brainerd. 4th ed. 1983.
Description: xxxii, 892 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Note on names, pronunciation, and conventions --
Introduction --
1: Setting: --
Natural and cultural subdivisions of the Maya area --
Pacific coastal plain and piedmont --
Highlands --
Lowlands --
2: Origins Of Maya Civilization: --
Chronological framework --
Developmental stages of Maya civilization --
Origins of highland and coastal cultural traditions --
Preclassic antecedents and contemporaries --
Factors underlying the rise of Maya civilization --
3: Preclassic Maya: --
Emergence of complex societies in the Maya area --
Pacific coastal plain in the Middle Preclassic --
Highlands in the Middle Preclassic: Salama Valley --
Lowlands in the Middle Preclassic: Nakbe --
Late Preclassic Maya civilization and the origins of writing --
Late Preclassic Mixe-Zoquean tradition: Izapa --
Southern Maya in the Late Preclassic: Kaminaljuyu, Chalchuapa, Abaj Takalik --
Other southern Maya sites in the Late Preclassic --
Highland-lowland interaction in the Preclassic --
Central lowlands in the Late Preclassic: El Mirador, Cerros --
Style of power in Late Preclassic Maya civilization --
Northern lowlands in the Late Preclassic: Komchen --
Protoclassic and the decline of the southern Maya --
Summary: reconstructuring the Maya Preclassic --
4: Early Classic And The Rise Of Tikal: --
Emergence of states in the Maya area --
Competition and warfare in the Maya area --
Protoclassic as transition to the classic --
Southern Maya area in the Classic --
Lowlands in the early classic: Tikal --
Tikal as a major power in the early classic --
Some neighboring centers in the central lowlands: Uaxactun --
Tikal consolidates its position --
Some other centers in the central lowlands: Rio Azul, Yaxha, Nakum, Calakmul, Becan --
Successors of stormy sky at Tikal --
Basis of Tikal's power in the Early Classic --
Middle Classic "hiatus" and the decline of Tikal --
5: Late Classic And The Expansion Of The Lowland States: --
New order in the late classic: Caracol --
Decline of Tikal and the rise of the new polities --
Further Caracol conflicts --
Rise of the Petexbatun: Petexbatun capitals: Dos Pilas and Aguateca --
Petexbatun expansion --
Resurgence in the central lowlands: Naranjo --
Expansion of polities on the Usumacinta: altar de sacrigicios --
Yaxchilan, Bonampak, Piedras Negras --
Revitalization of Tikal --
Sites in the eastern lowlands: Altun Ha, Xunantunich, Lubaantun --
Expansion of polities in the southwest lowlands: Palenque --
Early rulers of Palenque --
Supernatural basis of power in Maya cosmology --
Later rulers of Palenque: Tonina --
Recovery and decline at Palenque --
Expansion of polities in the southeast lowlands: Copan --
Archaeology and history at Copan: Quirigua --
Tale of two cities --
Revitalization of Copan --
Last days of Quirigua --
Development of the Maya lowlands in the late classic --
6: Terminal Classic: --
Decline of dynastic rule --
Collapse issue --
Investigations into the Classic decline --
Emergence of new power brokers --
Intervention in the southern lowlands: Seibal --
Putun connections to Yucatan and central Mexico --
Reconstructuring the Classic decline --
Rise of the northern polities: Dzibilchaltun, Edzna, Coba and Yaxuna --
Puuc and related regional traditions: Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil, Labna --
Emergence of a New Order in the Northern Lowlands --
7: Postclassic: --
Dominance of Chichen Itza: Chichen Itza --
Organization of the Itza state --
External connections of the Itza state --
Dominance of Mayapan: Mayapan --
East coast of Yucatan: Tulum --
Fall of Mayapan and the rise of petty states: Santa Rita Corozal --
Final days of Maya independence --
Southern Maya area in the Postclassic --
Summary: Evolution of Maya civilization --
8: Subsistence Systems: --
Traditional view --
Subsistence systems available to the ancient Maya --
Reconstructuring the patterns of Maya subsistence --
9: Trade And External Contact: --
Prehistoric trade in Mesoamerica --
Goods and mechanisms in long-distance trade --
Preclassic trade --
Classic trade --
Postclassic trade --
10: Organization Of Maya Society: --
Reconstructuring the social landscape: --
Evidence from settlement studies --
Population reconstructions --
Settlement units in the Maya lowlands --
Individual in Maya society --
Marriage and the family --
Descent groups --
Social stratification --
Reconstructing the political landscape: --
Location and power --
Size and power --
Number and size of lowland polities --
Evidence from ethnohistoric studies --
Evolution of social systems --
Lowland Maya as Galactic polities --
11: Ideology And Cosmology: --
Origins of Maya Ideology --
Transformations by outsiders --
Cosmology --
Maya deities --
Rituals and ceremonies --
12: Arithmetic, Calendrics, And Astronomy: --
Arithmetic --
Calendar --
Astronomy --
13: Language And Writing: --
History of the Mayan languages --
Structure of Mayan languages --
Maya documents of the colonial period --
Ancient Maya writing --
Pre-Columbian Maya texts --
Deciphering Maya writing --
Recent advances in decipherment --
Mayan syllabary --
Origins of Maya writing --
Status of decipherment --
14: Architecture, Sculpture, And Painting: --
Architecture --
Stone sculpture --
Wood sculpture --
Stucco modeling --
Painting --
15: Artifacts: --
Ceramics and archaeology --
Chronological review of Maya pottery --
Patterns of household and industrial ceramic production --
Lithics --
Mosaics --
Metalwork --
Painted books --
Textiles --
Basketry and matting --
Featherwork --
Epilogue: Spanish conquest: --
First contacts, 1502-25 --
Period of conquest, 1524-1697 --
Subjugation of the Southern Maya by Pedro de Alvarado, 1524-27 --
Subjugation of Yucatan by the Montejos, 1527-46 --
Independent Itza, 1525-1696 --
Subjugation of the Itza, 1696-97 --
Appendix: Conversion between Maya and Gregorian chronologies: --
Date-conversion and sky-chart computer programs --
How to convert dates (the old-fashioned way) --
Gregorian equivalents for Katun and half-Katun endings --
Reference material: --
Bibliographic summaries --
Bibliography --
Illustration credits --
Index.
Responsibility: Robert J. Sharer.
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