Encyclopedia of the Ancient Maya

Author: Walter R. T. Witschey
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780759122864
Release Date: 2015-12-24
Genre: History

Encyclopedia of the Ancient Maya offers an A-to-Z overview of the ancient Maya culture from its inception around 3000 BC to the Spanish Conquest after AD 1600. Over two hundred entries written by more than sixty researchers explore subjects ranging from food, clothing, and shelter to the sophisticated calendar and now-deciphered Maya writing system. They bring special attention to environmental concerns and climate variation; fresh understandings of shifting power dynamics and dynasties; and the revelations from emerging field techniques (such as LiDAR remote sensing) and newly explored sites (such as La Corona, Tamchen, and Yaxnohkah). This one-volume reference is an essential companion for students studying ancient civilizations, as well as a perfect resource for those planning to visit the Maya area. Cross-referencing, topical and alphabetical lists of entries, and a comprehensive index help readers find relevant details. Suggestions for further reading conclude each entry, while sidebars profile historical figures who have shaped Maya research. Maps highlight terrain, archaeological sites, language distribution, and more; over fifty photographs complement the volume.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aztec and Maya

Author: Charles Phillips
Publisher: Southwater
ISBN: 085723143X
Release Date: 2017-03-01
Genre: History

This book offers an examination of the history, myths and legends of the peoples of Mesoamerica spanning almost 3000 years. Stories of sun-gods and blood sacrifice, of pyramids and temples, and of the fabulous treasuries of gold raided by the Spaniards have enthralled generations of readers. Architectural and cultural achievements range from the temple-pyramids and stone carvings of the Olmecs to the cities, trading networks and religious societies and systems of the Aztecs and Maya. This book contains startling revelations about the ancient peoples of Central America, including histories of the lands they conquered, the cities they built and the world they developed.

Children s Encyclopedia of the Ancient World

Author: John Haywood
Publisher: Armadillo
ISBN: 1843229951
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Details the characteristics and accomplishments of ancient cultures, including the Egyptians, Maya, and Romans, covering such topics as famous people, government, family life, cuisine, hygiene, travel, trade, and legends.

Handbook to Life in the Ancient Maya World

Author: Lynn V. Foster
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 9780816074808
Release Date: 2002-01-01
Genre: Social Science

A presentation of research on all aspects of Maya civilization, from its earliest beginnings to the Spanish conquest in the 16th century. It profiles the everyday routines of the Maya with coverage of society, warfare, religion, architecture, astronomy, economy, writing and daily life.

Encyclopedia of Ancient Mesoamerica

Author: Margaret Bunson
Publisher: New York : Facts on File
ISBN: 0816024022
Release Date: 1996
Genre: History

Provides detailed entries on the antiquities of pre-Columbian Central America and the civilizations of region's peoples

Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America

Author: Susan Toby Evans
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136801853
Release Date: 2013-09-11
Genre: Reference

This is the first comprehensive, one-volume encyclopedia in English devoted to pre-Columbian archaeology of the Mesoamerican culture area. In more than 500 articles by the major experts in the field, this work brings the most recent scholarship to an examination of regional environments and their cultural evolution. Entries range from the familiar and world-renowned archaeological discoveries of Maya and Aztec sites to more recent excavations such as the Sayil archaeological zone in the Yucatan and Teopantecuanitlan in Guerrero. A rich historical and cultural resource on one of the world's six cradles of civilization, this reference is ideal for students, scholars, and prospective travellers.

Encyclopedia of Ancient Deities

Author: Charles Russell Coulter
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135963903
Release Date: 2013-07-04
Genre: Reference

The history of the divine is the history of human thought. For as long as men and women have pondered the mysteries of their existence, they have answered their own questions with stories of gods and goddesses. Belief in these deities shaped whole civilizations, yet today many of their names and images lie buried. The Encyclopedia of Ancient Deities makes those names available to the general reader as well as the scholar. This reference work lists all the known gods through recorded history. Alphabetically arranged entries provide the name of each deity (with alternate spellings), as well as notes on names that may be linguistically or functionally related. The tribe or culture that worshiped the deity is identified, and the god's origins and functions are explained. An extensive bibliography provides opportunities for further research and an exhaustive index provides access to the entries through virtually all names, forms and kinds of deities.

Encyclopedia of the Ancient World Overviews Abd al Malik Corinthian War

Author: Thomas J. Sienkewicz
Publisher: Salem PressInc
ISBN: 0893560391
Release Date: 2002
Genre: History

Covers world cultures from prehistory through the year 700 C.E., including essays on persons, cultures, wars, battles, documents or works, traditions or cultural phenomena, structures or artifacts, places or sites, terms, and groups or civilizations.

Popol Vuh

Author: Dennis Tedlock
Publisher: eBookIt.com
ISBN: 9781456613037
Release Date: 2013-02-21
Genre: Foreign Language Study

Popol Vuh, the Quiché Mayan book of creation is not only the most important text in the native language of the Americas, it is also an extraordinary document of the human imagination. It begins with the deeds of Mayan Gods in the darkness of a primeval sea and ends with the radiant splendor of the Mayan Lords who founded the Quiché Kingdom in the Guatemalan highlands. Originally written in Mayan hieroglyphs, it was translated into the Roman alphabet in the 16th century. The new edition of Dennis Tedlock's unabridged, widely praised translation includes new notes and commentary, newly translated passages, newly deciphered hieroglyphs, and over 40 new illustrations.

Complete Illustrated History of the Aztec and Maya

Author: Charles Phillips
Publisher: JG Press
ISBN: 157215439X
Release Date: 2008-05-01
Genre: Central America

Aztec & Maya: The Complete Illustrated History uncovers the rise and fall of the many different empires of Mexico and Central America--their political and military campaign, their legends and myths, and their art, architecture and social history. Ground plans and detailed photographs explore over 20 magnificent and vitally important World Heritage sites, including Teotihuacán, Tenochtitlán, Chichén Itzá, Palenque, Tikal and Monte Albán. The author also surveys the region's mythology, including tales of creation, earth and sky; legends of the gods, goddesses and heroes; and stories of fertility, harvest and the afterlife.

The Art and Architecture of the Aztec and Maya

Author: Charles Phillips
Publisher: Southwater Pub
ISBN: 1844763684
Release Date: 2008-01-31
Genre: Architecture

This comprehensive volume presents an intensely illustrated and fact-filled guide to the extraordinary temple-pyramids, palaces and artistic achievements of the ancient peoples of Mesoamerica.

Ancient Maya

Author: Arthur Demarest
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521592240
Release Date: 2004-12-09
Genre: History

In this new 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 emphasises both the brilliant rain forest adaptations of the ancient Maya and the Native American spirituality that permeated all aspects of their daily life. Demarest draws on his own discoveries and the findings of colleagues to reconstruct the complex lifeways and volatile political history of the Classic Maya states of the first to eighth centuries. He provides a new explanation of the long-standing mystery of the ninth-century abandonment of most of the great rain forest cities. Finally, he draws lessons from the history of the Classic Maya cities for contemporary society and for the ongoing struggles and resurgence of the modern Maya peoples, who are now re-emerging from six centuries of oppression.