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Ancient Maya [CLV] [Paperback]

S.Griswold Morley , G.W. Brainerd
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February 1969 0804703892 978-0804703895 3rd Revised edition
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 perspectives on the Maya past have made necessary this present edition. It contains some 500 photographs, line drawings, maps, and site maps - about one fourth of which are new.
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'One of the great classic books in its field ... the most comprehensive and most lavishly illustrated book on its subject.'Journal of Latin American Studies --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 civilization—that of the Maya people of northern Central America and southern Mexico.
From its shadowy beginnings centuries before Christ, the history of the Maya is traced through its periods of cultural growth, mysterious decline, renewed prosperity, and eventual downfall following the Spanish Conquest. Ever since the awesome remains of this civilization, which spanned some 2,000 years, were discovered in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the ancient Maya have attracted widespread fascination. Where had this civilization come from? How could the Maya have sustained themselves so successfully in such an inhospitable environment? What catastrophes had overwhelmed their long-abandoned cities? Today, scientific research in a variety of disciplines has made considerable progress in answering such questions.
Still, the allure of the maya persists. Part of this fascination undoubtedly derives from the romantic image of a “lost civilization” that left scores of ruined cities deep in the jungle. But the more we learn of the Maya, the deeper becomes our respect and admiration. For these were a people of astonishing achievement: in mathematics, astronomy, calendrics, an writing systems; in technology, political organization, an commerce; and in sculpture, painting, and architecture.
Because of the veritable explosion of reserch on the Maya in recent years, we are for the first time beginning to understad the origins of the civilization and the reasons for both its flowering and its decline. New field discoveries, new technical advances, new successes in the decipherment of Maya writing, and new theoretical perspectives on the Maya past have made necessary this present edition of The Ancient Maya

, which is more than one-fourth longer than the previous edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 518 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; 3rd Revised edition edition (February 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804703892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804703895
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,990,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The authority on the Ancient Maya May 10, 1999
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This book has had many re-printings, and for good reason. It is THE english language book that covers the anicient Maya in one volume. This book was used as a text in a class I took in Mesoamerican archaeology. I found it easy to read and very interesting. Great for a travel companion. I used it extensively while traveling through Yucatán and Chiapas.
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great archaeological writing February 14, 2001
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Wow. This is the definitive book on the Maya. Whether youre a student or a scholar, its got almost everything. Very readable prose, good organization, and excellent photographs. In fact, they are almost the best part. The organization is excellent providing first an overview, chapter by chapter of major events in Maya history, and then a dissection of every major aspect of Maya life. If the Maya are your thing, dont miss this book. Great value for money.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Great Book! July 24, 2006
By Boetius
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I had only a limited interest in the Maya until I got this book, and now a new world of understanding has opened up. Sharer provides a text that is at once detailed and professional, but also accessible and well-written without the dull, dull, report-style of most serious works on the subject. I have spent literally weeks perusing the book, and I seem to always find something new and interesting. Also worthy of mention are the abundant illustrations and photos. Finally, Sharer is to be commended for his intellectual honesty and objectivity - without fail he reviews the merits of the most important interpretations about a historical issue before making a non-binding judgment of his own. This is one to have in your personal library. Very well done indeed!
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Latest edition of "classic" text November 12, 2007
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This is by far the most comprehensive book about the ancient Maya. There are several excellent shorter ones; this is the go-to book for thorough reference. It has become almost as "classic" as Maya civilization. Sharer reminisces about being "hooked on" Maya studies by the third edition (by Morley and Brainerd, 1956); so was I, back when it was newly minted. How much has changed since. Scholars can now read Maya. We now can match written history, sculptured portrayals, and archaeological findings to identify the actual skeletons of some of the greatest and most famous Maya kings, such as Yax K'uk' Mo' of Palenque. We have entire dynastic lists covering centuries, for many of the major cities. We can use bone chemistry to find out what the Maya ate. All of this was almost beyond the wildest dreams of the 1950s.
The Maya turn out to have been as brilliant, original and creative as anyone ever thought, a truly homemade civilization, one of the few in a tropical forest environment. They are said to have "collapsed" due to ecological maladjustment, but this book notes that modern research shows the civilization lasted well over 1,000 years before the "collapse" around 900 AD, and it was a fairly local phenomenon. This local collapse was due to drought, warfare, and some ecological overshoot--too many people doing too much (including burning too many trees to make lime for stucco and cement). The Maya kept on. They took on the Spanish and often won. The last independent state held out till 1697, and Maya continued holding out in remote backlands; in 1846 the Mexican Maya rebelled again, and created an independent state, finally reconquered after 1900 and turned into the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ancient Maya August 26, 2005
Format:Paperback
This book is a complete, comprehensive guide to anyone wanting to know more about this amazing pre-columbian culture. The author descirbes many important aspects of ancient maya culture including architecture, environment, art, cosmology, calendar systems, natural geography and geology, and subsistence. Wording may be a little difficult for some readers, but well worth it. The Ancient Maya is several books in one and I recommend it to anyone looking to enhance there views of this culture.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Overview December 6, 1996
By A Customer
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To my knowledge, this book is the best overview of the current state information of the ancient Maya available today. If you want a book that covers practically everything to a reasonable level of depth, this is it
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Imformative July 9, 2007
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By far the most thorough book on the Ancient Maya I have ever seen. It covers all the history and gives a great deal of arceological information. There is also a lot of information on the religious, social, and economic life of the Maya. The book covers in great deal the history of each Mayan polity and it is very well organized. If there is anything you want to know about the Maya it will be in this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent research and work March 8, 2008
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This book must have taken a life time of research and work. It is the most comprehensive and complete work on the Maya I have read. I was particulary interested in the Maya Calendar history and their methods of working the calendar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Gift
I bought this book as a gift for my father as a precursor to our planned trip to the Yucatan Peninsula. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jean
4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed text book
It is hard to find any simple books on the Maya. I choose this one assuming it would contain the information I desired. Read more
Published 15 months ago by S. Quattrocchi
4.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough and helpful
Overall we found this book provided a useful and thorough insight of the Maya Culture and History... which is what we were looking for and expecting.
Published 17 months ago by None
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ancient Maya.
The latest edition of Robert Sharer's book detailing every facet of the Mayan culture. Should be read by anyone interested in the subject of Mayan life and the subject of Central... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dene
5.0 out of 5 stars I wanted a snack - instead I got a 5 course meal
While making a joke about (or reference to) the Mayan calendar is tempting, I'm just not clever enough -or perhaps I'm too earnest - to pull it off. Read more
Published 19 months ago by doc peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Work
This is a detailed compendium of Maya history. It would be suitable as a college textbook, for AP classes in high school and for libraries everywhere. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dorothy P. Niemi
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BOOK on the Maya, but too much for a casual reader
Well if you want to study the ancient Maya, this is the book to get. However, if you are a casual reader who just wants a basic overview or understanding of the Maya, this book is... Read more
Published 21 months ago by ClarkB
3.0 out of 5 stars Overly Detailed, Too Many Examples
It's hard to believe, having read this book and now looking back on it, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing when it comes to the Maya Indians. Read more
Published on January 17, 2012 by Neodoering
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ancient Maya
This book is a very satisfying review of all aspects Maya history and and culture. It is extremely readable, given the amount of detail provided. Down side? Read more
Published on November 21, 2010 by Ann E. Slutsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
It's worth picking up a copy, alot of information in there. Good thick book. Glad i bought it, but its not as good as A Forest of Kings. Read that one first.
Published on June 10, 2008 by Joshua L. Peterson
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