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The Maya has long been established as the best, most readable introduction to the New World's greatest ancient civilization. In these pages Michael D. Coe distills a lifetime's scholarship for the general reader and student. The eighth edition incorporates the latest archaeological and epigraphic research. Among the finest new discoveries are the spectacular polychrome murals of Calakmul, which provide archaeological evidence for the importance of marketplaces in the Classic Maya cities as well as giving a unique glimpse into Maya daily life. Other recent finds relate to the initial peopling of the Maya area by Early Hunters and Archaic peoples. It is clear that the birth of Maya civilization lies not in the Classic but in the Preclassic period, above all in the Mirador Basin of northern Guatemala, where the builders of gigantic ancient cities erected the world's largest pyramid as early as 200 BC. In addition, the persistent influence of the precocious Olmec civilization of southeast Mexico on the development of complex society in the Maya area has become more apparent. These and other discoveries continue to suggest that we must rethink what we mean by the term "Classic." This edition concludes with new historical evidence for the crucial role played by collaborationist native leaders, both Maya and non- Maya, in the Spanish conquest of the region.

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Coe (emeritus, anthropology, Yale U.) presents a brief account of the Central American people for students, travelers, and the general public that visitors to the region could carry while observing the ruins of the great civilization. Over the decades since the first edition in 1966, interest in the Maya has increased dramatically, and the progressive decipherment of the hieroglyphs has made it possible for him to rely ever more heavily on Mayan accounts of themselves. He covers the earliest Maya, the rise of Maya civilization, classic splendor, the terminal classic, the post-classic, Maya life on the eve of the conquest, Maya thought and culture, and the enduring Maya. This edition has been updated from the 2005 edition. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


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

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, and

Product Details

Coe, Michael D.
Thames & Hudson
Latin America - Central America
Central America
World History-Central America
Edition Description:
Eighth Edition
Ancient Peoples and Places
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175 illustrations, 17 in color
9.5 x 6.25 x 1 in

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Arts and Entertainment » Art » Painting » General
History and Social Science » Archaeology » Mayas
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History
History and Social Science » World History » Central America
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Mexico

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