Ancient Peoples and Places
A Thames & Hudson book
"The gold standard of introductory books on the ancient Maya."—Expedition
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.
- January 2011
- 6.4 × 9.5 in
/ 280 pages
- Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.
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