The World of the Ancient Maya, Second Edition

By John S. Henderson
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10.58 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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The ancient Maya were the only fully literate pre-Colombian people in the Americas. Superb scientists, they developed highly sophisticated mathematics and an intricate and accurate calendar system. Theirs was one of the few complex societies to emerge in and to adapt successfully to a tropical forest environment. Their architecture, sculpture, and painting were sophisticated and compellingly beautiful. In this comprehensive survey, updated for this new edition, Henderson explores the entire Maya cultural tradition, from the earliest traces of settlement through the period of the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century. His wide-ranging account treats diverse aspects of the Maya world, from religion and philosophy to the environments of the various Maya peoples, using deciphered Maya texts to reconstruct the ancient societies.

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The ancient Maya were the only fully literate pre-Colombian people in the Americas. Superb scientists, they developed highly sophisticated mathematics and an intricate and accurate calendar system. Theirs was one of the few complex societies to emerge in and to adapt successfully to a tropical forest environment. Their architecture, sculpture, and painting were sophisticated and compellingly beautiful.

In this comprehensive survey, updated for this new edition, Henderson explores the entire Maya cultural tradition, from the earliest traces of settlement through the period of the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century. His wide-ranging account treats diverse aspects of the Maya world, from religion and philosophy to the environments of the various Maya peoples, using deciphered Maya texts to reconstruct the ancient societies.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A superb panoramic view of the entire history and extent of Maya culture…This book…could be taken as a model of its kind.” Art Book Review
“The best full-length, up-to-date overview of Maya archaeology available today.” Choice 

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Author Bio: John S. Henderson

John S. Henderson received his PhD from Yale University and is now a professor of anthropology at Cornell University, where he teaches both anthropology and archaeology. He has had many years of experience in Mexico and the rest of Central America and has also conducted field work in the United States, Peru, Cyprus, and Turkey.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English